Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City strengthened their squad with four new signings and were hoping to confirm another as the transfer window came to a hectic finale tonight.
Manager Roberto Mancini had bemoaned a lack of signings but the Italian was able to add defenders Maicon and Matija Nastasic from Serie A sides Inter Milan and Fiorentina respectively.
Having earlier signed Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, 23, and goalkeeper Richard Wright, 34, Mancini was also hoping a deal for Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia was completed before the deadline.
There were also departures from the ranks of the champions after midfielder Nigel de Jong made the switch to AC Milan and striker Roque Santa Cruz joined Malaga on a season-long loan.
With Sinclair gone, Swansea completed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for a club record fee of £5.55million.
The destination of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey dominated the agenda for much of the day, with the American turning down a move to Aston Villa before a bid from Liverpool was turned down.
A deal was then agreed with Tottenham and he had a medical with the north London club, with confirmation of the deal awaited as the 11pm deadline passed.
Spurs had already brought in France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon on a four-year deal for an initial 10million euros (£7.9million).
The fee could rise to 15million euros (£11.9million) and the Ligue 1 side also say they are entitled to 20% of any profit should he leave White Hart Lane in the future.
Three players left White Hart Lane today, with the highest-profile deal seeing Rafael Van der Vaart seal a move back to Hamburg.
Spurs also reached agreement for the transfer of Mexico international Giovani Dos Santos to Mallorca, while full-back Danny Rose was loaned to Sunderland.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who allowed £35million striker Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan last night, continued his overhaul at the club by also offloading Charlie Adam.
The Scotland midfielder has joined Stoke on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £4million. Jay Spearing is another to leave the Reds after he joined Bolton on a season-long loan.
Merseyside rivals Everton signed Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The Costa Rican has been a regular starter for Copenhagen after joining from Deportivo Saprissa in his homeland. The 22-year-old can operate at left-back and on the left side of midfield.
The Toffees also picked up midfielder Matthew Kennedy from Kilmarnock on a three-year deal.
Oviedo had also been a target for West Brom, who duly shifted their sights to sign Dynamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season-long loan. Popov’s proposed move to Stoke collapsed earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov opted for a move to Fulham over a return to Tottenham.
Berbatov joined the Cottagers from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract and was reunited with Jol, who managed him during their time at Tottenham.
Jol also brought in Kieran Richardson from Sunderland on a three-year deal, with the fee undisclosed, and right on the deadline added Wolfsburg winger Ashkan Dejagah.
QPR manager Mark Hughes completed his 12th signing of the summer with the capture of Stephane Mbia from Marseille, while Joey Barton went the other way on a season-long loan.
Cameroon international Mbia has regularly operated at centre-half for the Ligue 1 side but is more at home in a holding midfield role.
Southampton completed the signing of Gaston Ramirez from Bologna for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £12million.
The 21-year-old playmaker has signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s, allowing Billy Sharp to join Championship side Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.
The Saints also added American goalkeeper Cody Cropper after a successful trial.
Aston Villa left their business until late in the day, bringing in Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Genk and the versatile Ashley Westwood from Crewe in the final 90 minutes of the window.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner completed a season-long loan switch to Italian champions Juventus, with South Korean forward Park Chu-young heading to Celta Vigo in a similar deal, while Chelsea allowed midfielder Michael Essien to join Real Madrid on loan.
Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun also revealed on his Twitter account that he had joined former club West Ham on loan.