No major deals completed as deadline day gears up for final few hours

No major deals completed as deadline day gears up for final few hours

Saido Berahino looks increasingly likely to stay put, while Stoke prepare to smash their transfer record in the biggest move on a relatively quiet transfer deadline day.

West Brom are adamant that Berahino will remain at The Hawthorns having turned down a £21m bid from Newcastle and rejected the possibility of further talks.

The Potters also showed an interest in Berahino but have switched their attention to Porto striker Giannelli Imbula. who will reportedly cost them in excess of £18m.

The club are believed to have agreed a deal for the 23-year-old which will comfortably outstrip the £12m they spent to lure Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan.

Boss Mark Hughes said at his press conference on Tuesday: “We are hopeful. It’s fair to say it progressed significantly this morning. We hope at some point we will be able to announce a big signing for us.”

Despite seemingly missing out on Berahino, Newcastle continued to reinforce their squad with the loan signing of Seydou Doumbia from Roma until the end of the season.

The Magpies had already spent nearly £29m on Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet before deadline day arrived.

But there could be more arrivals at St James’s Park with Steve McClaren keen on adding another striker and a left-back before the 11pm deadline.

Meanwhile Ayoze Perez has committed his future to Newcastle by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract which ties him to St James’ Park until the summer of 2021.

Despite being linked with a number of new players it looked likely to be a quiet final few hours of deadline day for Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.

The beleaguered United boss has been linked with a number of star players, including Benfica’s highly-rated attacking midfielder Renato Sanches, but any prospective moves appeared likely to come to nothing.

Nick Powell could leave for Hull, but Andreas Pereira looks like being denied a loan move despite his lack of playing time under Van Gaal, which is understood to have left the Brazilian midfielder frustrated.

Arsene Wenger indicated defender Mathieu Debuchy could leave on loan to Bordeaux until the end of the season, while across north London Tottenham have sent Alex Pritchard on loan to West Brom.

Spurs defender Federico Fazio has joined his old club Sevilla on loan while Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic has moved to Werder Bremen on a permanent deal.

On Merseyside, there was no news regarding Liverpool’s pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk striker Alex Teixeira.

Everton, however, are close to completing the £13.5m signing of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse, who has flown in for a medical.

The Toffees have loaned Aiden McGeady to Championship play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.

Watford have paid in the region of £8m to lure 23-year-old midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from French club Rennes.

Swansea striker Eder has joined Lille on loan for the rest of the season, while Bournemouth have re-signed Welsh left-back Rhoys Wiggins from Sheffield Wednesday.

The biggest deal in the Football League could see Jordan Rhodes complete his on-off switch from Blackburn to Middlesbrough.

Boro pulled the plug on their pursuit of Rhodes at the weekend, but Press Association Sport understands manager Aitor Karanka has not given up hope of signing the striker before the deadline.

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