In the nick of time, Tottenham have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart for £8 million.
The deal was agreed just two hours before the transfer window closed after the lengthy negotiations but the transfer needs to be given clearance by the Premier League chiefs in order to become official.
Harry Redknapp himself was surprised to find out that the Dutchman’s price is mere £8 million.
“I thought he was going to Bayern Munich yesterday for 18 million pounds, but his price suddenly decreased a great deal. At four o’clock I have found out that he was available for 8 million pounds and that is not much money for a top-notch player that will definitely improve our team. The price fell because the transfer was about to close.”
The Dutchman will add much needed creativity to Tottenham and his experience will certainly be an asset in club’s maiden Champions League campaign, although it looks as though Redknapp will have to change his formation in order to accommodate an excellent midfielder.
Arles Avignon sign two more players on deadline day
The Ligue 1 new boys Arles Avignon have signed Francisco Pavon and Jonathan just few hours before the transfer window closed.
The newly-promoted side have thus signed unbelievable 18 players during the summer but we are yet to see if the new players can help them avoid the drop in their first season in top flight.
Former Real defender Francisco Pavon arrived from Zaragoza to patch up the leaky defence and even though his best years are before him, the Spaniard has quality and experience to help a side like Arles.
The French club also signed Brazilian striker Jonathan Aparecido da Silva from Goias and he is certainly an unknown quantity that needs to prove he will be a real reinforcement.
Tomas Costa and Miguel Lopes leave Porto
Porto have seen two fringe players leave the club on transfer deadline day with Tomas Costa and Miguel Lopez completing loan deals to Cluj and Betis respectively.
After selling two key players from last season, Bruno Alves and Raul Meireles, the Dragons seem to be eager to revamp the team and they decided to get rid of Costa and Lopez in order to make way for the players who arrived this summer.
Tomas Costa had a part to play in Jesualdo Ferreira’s side after arriving from Rosario Central but with Jose Moutinho and Souza joining Dragons this summer, the club decided to farm him out on loan, probably with a view to making his transfer permanent.
Miguel Lopes made a surprise move to Porto in January 2009 but has since failed to leave his mark on the side and he is unlikely to return to Dragao after completing his loan deal at Betis.
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