Tuesday 31 January 2012
Barclays Premier League clubs are braced for a final flurry of activity ahead of the January transfer window closing on Tuesday night.
It is the last chance for a top-flight club to add to their squad before the window opens again at the end of the season.
Clubs have until 11pm to complete signings on a permanent or loan basis, although there can be emergency transfers after that time if dispensation is obtained from the Premier League.
So far this month, Queens Park Rangers have been one of the busiest Barclays Premier League clubs, signing Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City and completing loan deals for left-back Taye Taiwo from AC Milan, Nancy midfielder Samba Diakite and Manchester United’s Federico Macheda.
Other notable January transfers so far include Chelsea’s capture of defender Gary Cahill from Bolton, Newcastle landing striker Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg, Arsenal agreeing a loan deal for club legend Thierry Henry and striker Robbie Keane joining Aston Villa.
The transfer window system began in 2002 and since then there have been memorable last-gasp Barclays Premier League signings in January.
Last year, Chelsea smashed the British transfer record with the £50m capture of striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool.
Chelsea also signed David Luiz from Benfica, while Liverpool splashed out on Newcastle's Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez from Ajax.
In 2009, Arsenal just beat the deadline to sign Russian international midfielder Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg and Robbie Keane returned to Tottenham from Liverpool.
The year before, Portsmouth bought Spurs striker Jermain Defoe and Middlesbrough signed Afonso Alves.
As well as the excitement of deadline day, there are also five Premier League fixtures on Tuesday night: Swansea v Chelsea, Tottenham v Wigan, Wolves v Liverpool, Everton v Manchester City and Manchester United v Stoke.