Transfer deadline day failed to deliver a flurry of major early moves as clubs continued to weigh up their options, with Wolfsburg remaining relaxed over their proposed deal with Chelsea for Germany winger Andre Schurrle.
Robert Huth’s loan move to Leicester from Stoke was one of the few confirmed transfers, with social media full of rumours of just who was set to end up where ahead of the 11pm Monday deadline.
The 30-year-old German will bolster the Foxes’ defensive options as they fight to stay in the Premier League, having already brought in Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric, for a club-record £9million fee, and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Former Chelsea centre-back Huth will, however, serve out a two-game suspension following a misconduct charge from the Football Association and so will not be available until next week’s trip to Arsenal.
”There’s plenty of competition. I’m not expecting to walk into the team. I know I have to prove my worth and hopefully I can do that,“ he said on Foxes Player.
Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs, meanwhile, has said personal terms are agreed with Schurrle on a reported four-year contract worth around £86,000 a week, but as yet there was no official deal done with Chelsea.
Schurrle, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, signed for Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen for £18million in 2013 but has found himself on the fringes of the Blues side this season under Jose Mourinho.
Representatives of the 24-year-old were pictured at Wolfsburg earlier on Monday, while the Bundesliga website also listed the player on its transfer page, with the German deadline set at 5pm GMT.
Chelsea are said to be expecting a £24million down payment on Schurrle.
Once the Schurrle deal goes through, Chelsea are then anticipated to be in a position to confirm the signing of Colombia international Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, who could feature against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Egypt international Mohamed Salah is set to be part of the deal, moving in the opposite direction.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, gave waiting reporters a wave as he drove into the club’s Harlington training ground early on Monday.
Redknapp is usually one of the busiest managers on deadline day.
However, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes indicated he did not expect many major moves to help the club’s battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League.
Fernandes wrote on his official Twitter account: “If something interesting comes up we would look at it. But I’m not optimistic. Given the right motivation, tactics and coaching we can achieve much more.”
QPR have been linked with Cesena forward Gregoire Defrel as well as a loan move for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who Redknapp worked with at White Hart Lane.
The west London club are also looking to offload some fringe players, with Adel Taarabt said to have been the subject of a loan bid from Parma.
There could also be competition for Adebayor, with both West Ham and Stoke other suggested potential destinations for the Togo forward.
Manchester United have stressed Adnan Januzaj will not leave the club, and there have been reports the Old Trafford club could recall Tom Cleverley from a season-long loan at Aston Villa if an option to buy now is not taken.
Another player whose future appears to lie away from United is Wilfried Zaha, who looks set to make his loan deal at former club Crystal Palace a permanent £3.5million arrangement.
Burnley’s in-demand striker Danny Ings is expected to stay at Turf Moor despite reports of