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Friday 9 December 2016

Transfer deadline day: All eyes on Man United after de Gea debacle

Adnan Januzaj
Adnan Januzaj

Transfer deadline day in the Barclays Premier League dawned with Manchester United set to again be the centre of attention.

Goalkeeper David de Gea's move to Real Madrid dramatically fell through after the necessary paperwork failed to reach the Spanish league before that country's Monday night deadline.

That left the Spain international facing a return to United, barring attempts by Real to resurrect a deal which would bring Costa Rica's Keylor Navas to Old Trafford as De Gea's replacement.

United boss Louis van Gaal will also look to wrap up the £36million signing of Monaco striker Anthony Martial without any drama before the English window shuts at 6pm.

Marcos Rojo and James Wilson could follow Adnan Januzaj, Javier Hernandez and Anders Lindegaard out of the club - but United were by no means the only club planning to make moves.

Chelsea, having apparently been frustrated in their attempts to sign Everton's England centre-back John Stones, were closing in on a deal for Nantes' Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji.

Reports have suggested a fee of £2.2million has been agreed, less than 10 per cent of that offered for Stones.

Barclays Premier League newcomers Bournemouth were also reported to be closing in on a £5million deal for Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray. The 31-year-old, who has scored 47 goals in 125 appearances, was expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday.

Hull striker Nikica Jelavic was understood to be having a medical with West Ham ahead of a potential £3million move that would reunite the Croatian with his former national team boss Slaven Bilic.

West Ham were also thought to be pursuing another season-long loan deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song after a successful spell in 2014-15 and a possible deal for Chelsea's Victor Moses. Tottenham were also linked with winger Moses.

Some deals were concluded on Monday, with Sunderland signing Italian striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool in a deal that could be worth up to £10million.

Borini had a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light in 2013-14. He returned as winger Emanuele Giaccherini joined Bologna on a season-long loan.

West Brom signed United goalkeeper Lindegaard on a two-year deal and announced the departure of Nigeria striker Brown Ideye. Ideye, signed for a then club record £10million last year, has joined Olympiacos for an undisclosed fee.

Norwich signed DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev with an option to buy.

Promising Manchester City centre-back Jason Denayer, who impressed on loan at Celtic last season, has temporarily moved out again and will play for Galatasaray this term.

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