LiveTransfer Deadline Day: LIVE BLOG

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Summary

  • Middlesbrough sign Vossen and Wildschut - but Hines and Steele could leave
  • Sunderland sign Coates and Alvarez
  • Newcastle loaning Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma for the season
  • Hartlepool braced for possible departure of James

11:22pm

Seb Hines has joined Coventry on loan until January 4, Middlesbrough have confirmed.

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That's the deadline over then - but there's still been nothing confirmed about whether or not Hatem Ben Arfa has completed his loan move from Newcastle to Hull City.

There's been talk of a possible two-hour extension - but that also remains unconfirmed at this stage.

Hull officials were desperately trying to get their paperwork in order in the last hour of the window. We should know soon whether they made it or not.

The Northern Echo: ON TARGET: Ben Arfa puts Newcastle ahead at Bolton yesterday

 

10:51pm

Here's the full details of Luke James' move from Hartlepool to Peterborough. There's no confirmation of the fee, but it could be as high as £1m.

James delighted after forcing through a move to Peterborough

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10:46pm

Confirmation from Middlesbrough that Chelsea's England Under-19 goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has joined on loan until January 17, and that Jason Steele has joined Blackburn Rovers on season-long loan.

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10:29pm

With half an hour of the window to go, this is where we're at:

Newcastle - Hull trying to force through Ben Arfa's loan deal before the deadline. No arrivals at St James'.

Sunderland - Business done. No chance of Borini coming and no other arrivals expected.

Middlesbrough - Jason Steele's season-long loan to Blackburn still to be confirmed. Boro hoping to sign goalkeeper Jamal Blackman from Chelsea on loan, but deal could go through in Football League loan window.

Hartlepool - No replacement for Luke James, who has joined Peterborough, expected.

10:24pm

There could yet be another new face in at Middlesbrough with strong suggestions young Chelsea keeper Jamal Blackman could sign on loan as a replacement for Jason Steele, who is Blackburn bound.

The Northern Echo:

10:22pm

Here's the first picture of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as a Roma player.

As confirmed earlier, the defender has left Newcastle on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.

The Northern Echo:

9:54pm

Another North-East exit is confirmed as Hartlepool United have confirmed Luke James' departure to Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.

James submitted two transfer requests in an attempt to force his way out of Victoria Park last month, and Pools officials finally accepted Peterborough's offer for his services this morning.

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool's Luke James and Brentford's Pim Balkestein 

9:51pm

Roma have confirmed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's arrival from Newcastle on a season-long loan.

The Serie A side have paid a €1m loan fee to sign the French centre-half, and have also set up a potential €6m permanent transfer next summer.

Newcastle will not be signing a defensive replacement for Yanga-Mbiwa, who moved to Tyneside in an £8.5m switch in January 2013.

The Northern Echo: JOSTLE: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa attempts to win the ball from Metalist Kharkiv’s Marco Torsiglieri during Thursday’s match

9:48pm

It's been all quiet at Middlesbrough since the Vossen/Wildschut deals were announced, but there could still be a couple of outgoings.

Seb Hines' proposed move to Birmingham City appears to off, but there could be late interest from Barnsley.

Jason Steele is still expected to move on with Blackburn his most likely destination, although time is running out with just over an hour until the window closes.

The Northern Echo:

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All the signs are that Hatem Ben Arfa's loan move to Hull City will be concluded ahead of the 11pm deadline.

The fact it's a loan means Ben Arfa won't be allowed to play against Newcastle this season, but given that the French winger has already entered the final year of his contract, he won't be returning to Tyneside to play for Newcastle again either.

The Northern Echo: Hatem Ben Arfa

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9:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

behonest says

RE: Ben Arfa. "it has to be a huge risk allowing him to leave to join a Premier League rival just a few miles down the east coast."

That's true, Scott. Much less risky if NUFC sold him to Premier League rivals West Brom, 'cos they are 100s of miles away in the Midlands. Or less riskier still, Southampton, 'cos they are even further away, on the South Coast.

9:16pm

He's not off to QPR - but as things stand, Fabio Borini won't be returning to Sunderland either.

Reliable sources are claiming that the Black Cats do not expect a sudden U-turn from the Italian, who has shown no desire to come back to the Stadium of Light all summer.

Whether that means he'll languish in Liverpool's reserves until January remains to be seen, but unless there's a dramatic change in the next hour and three quarters, we'll have a situation where Borini and Sunderland both end the summer as losers.

The Northern Echo: Fabio Borini celebrates scoring from the spot

8:42pm

It increasingly looks as though Hull will be signing Ben Arfa from Newcastle - probably on a season-long loan.

Alan Pardew clearly wants the winger out, but it has to be a huge risk allowing him to leave to join a Premier League rival just a few miles down the east coast.

If Ben Arfa starts to play well at the KC Stadium, Pardew will constantly be reminded of his decision.

And with no one coming in to replace the Frenchman, Newcastle's squad continues to look short on goalscoring threat and flair.

The Northern Echo: Hatem Ben Arfa

8:31pm

Hatem Ben Arfa is heading off on the Road To Hull - or at least he will be if Steve Bruce gets his way.

The Hull boss is trying to sign the out-of-favour Newcastle winger, and it's doubtful that the Magpies will be trying to stand in his way.

Can't imagine Newcastle supporters will be happy mind if in a couple of months time, he's strutting his stuff at the KC Stadium.

The Northern Echo: Hatem Ben Arfa

8:25pm

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The big breaking news if that Fabio Borini's proposed move to QPR is OFF because the Loftus Road club failed to match the Italian's wage demands.

Does that mean Sunderland could be back on the agenda?

Possibly, although they'd be leaving it extremely late now if they wanted to thrash out a deal. And if QPR weren't willing to pay Borini the £90,000-a-week or so that he wanted, would Sunderland be willing to push the boat out at such a late stage?

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE STRIKE: Borini scored two crackers

8:15pm

After a day of speculation, it's now being reported that Jermain Defoe is set to remain at Toronto FC in Canada.

He was linked with both Sunderland and Newcastle earlier in the day, although his wage demands meant there was never really a prospect of him joining either.

The Northern Echo: STRIKE STAR: Jermain Defoe

7:58pm

Sebastian Coates has been talking about his move to Sunderland - and explaining that the lure of working under Gus Poyet was a key factor in his decision to move to the Stadium of Light.

Coates said: “It’s really good for me (to be working with Poyet). He was a great player and he is improving as a manager really well. He started at Brighton and did really well at that club.

“For me, it’s really important to be here. He (Poyet) spoke to me, and I know what he wants from me. He wants to play really good football, and for me that’s really important. I came from Liverpool, and it’s basically the same style. That will be better for me.”

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It remains to be seen whether that is that in terms of incomings at Sunderland, but there's certainly nothing imminent in terms of another deal.

The Black Cats can still make one more domestic loan signing, but all the current indications are that the window will close with Alvarez and Coates the only additions.

Is that enough? With both Roberge and Diakite having left, things are arguably a bit light at the back.

 

7:26pm

ANOTHER done deal at Sunderland, who have just completed the signing of Inter Milan's Ricky Alvarez on a season-long loan.

The Northern Echo:

Full story on Alvarez's arrival here

6:51pm

MORE news coming out of Sunderland. Defender Valentin Roberge has joined French club Reims on a season-long loan.

The 27-year old arrived at the Stadium of Light last summer from Portuguese club Maritimo and has made 13 appearances for the Black Cats. 

The Northern Echo:

6:38pm

DEAL DONE!

Sunderland have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on a season-long loan.

The Northern Echo:

Full story on Coates' arrival here

 

 

 

6:26pm

Some developments away from the North-East and news has emerged that Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is having a medical ahead of a move to Arsenal.

The Northern Echo:

Sunderland and Newcastle were both mentioned as possible desinations for the England striker, but it appears Arsene Wenger's need for a striker has forced Arsenal's hand.

 

 

5:16pm

It might not be transfer related, but former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Carlisle United. Find out more here:

Former Newcastle favourite linked with Carlisle job

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5:12pm

As we revealed earlier, Seb Hines looks like leaving Middlesbrough for Birmingham City - and he might not be the only Boro player heading elsewhere today.

Jason Steele must be desperate to get away from the Riverside given his lack of oportunities under Aitor Karanka - and Blackburn Rovers are in the process of offering him an escape route.

Rovers have inquired about Steele's position, although at this stage it's unclear whether they want him on loan or on a permanent deal.

The Northern Echo: Jason Steele

4:43pm

It's been a quiet day on the Hartlepool front so far, but things could be about to get lively with Luke James on the transfer radar of Championship side Birmingham City.

Most people expected James to leave Victoria Park after he handed in a transfer request last month - but few could have anticipated him potentially stepping up to the Championship.The Northern Echo: DECENT PROSPECT: Hartlepool's Luke James continues to set League One alight with his confidence and pace

4:39pm

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There's little sign of Newcastle scrambling to sign a defensive replacement for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Indeed, if there is any more business on Tyneside before the transfer window closes, it's likely to involve the departure of Hatem Ben Arfa.

The Magpies remain keen to move on the Frenchman, who turned down approaches from Besiktas and Birmingham City over the weekend.

The Northern Echo: Hatem Ben Arfa

4:21pm

4:18pm

At the moment, it's hard to tell who's grumbling more - Newcastle or Sunderland fans.

On the black-and-white side of things, there's anger at the lack of a new striker and frustration at the decision to loan Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma without a replacement.

On the red-and-white side of the divide, there's incredulity that Gus Poyet has spent so long pursuing Fabio Borini, only for the striker now to look like joining QPR. And the prospect of Ricardo Alvarez and Sebastian Coates arriving isn't going to cut much ice....

4:05pm

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QPR have had an offer for Fabio Borini accepted. It's understood to be worth £10m up front, potentially rising as high as £13m.

Sunderland, of course, had a £14m bid for Borini accepted more than a month ago, but couldn't persuade the Italian to join.

If he ends up going to QPR, you'd have to conclude a combination of money and being in London has proved decisive.

The Northern Echo: Fabio Borini scores a penalty for Sunderland in their derby win over Newcastle United. Picture: Action Images

3:43pm

Another twist in the Fabio Borini saga - but it's not a good one for Sunderland.

Liverpool are now in talks with QPR about a possible permanent deal for the Italian striker, who has repeatedly turned down the option of a move to Stadium of Light.

Having spent most of the summer hanging on for a positive response from Borini, is Poyet about to see the striker move to Loftus Road?

The Northern Echo: Fabio Borini's second-half strike won it for Sunderland

3:34pm

A possible departure from Middlesbrough is brewing, with Birmingham City having inquired about taking Seb Hines.

Hines has been involved in the starting line-up in the opening weeks of the season, but he's slipped down the pecking order and is now Boro's fifth-choice centre-half behind Kenneth Omeruo, Ben Gibson, Daniel Ayala and Jonathan Woodgate.

The arrival of Damia Abella and Ryan Fredericks means he's surplus to requirements at right-back as well, so it would be no surprise to see him allowed to leave the Riverside before 11pm.

The Northern Echo: BIG CHANCE: Seb Hines looks likely to get a firstteam recall in place of the injured Jonathan Woodgate

3:14pm

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Photos are emerging of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa arriving in Roma for his medical at the Italian club.

It's anticipated he'll sign a season-long loan, with the potential for a permanent transfer worth between £5-6m next summer.

Touted as a future defensive star when he completed an £8.5m move from Montpellier in January 2013, it's safe to say Yanga-Mbiwa's Newcastle career has not turned out as planned.

In hindsight, it's possible to identify the 3-2 defeat at Everton towards the start of last season - when Yanga-Mbiwa was hauled off at half-time with the Magpies trailing 3-0 - as the beginning of the end.

The Northern Echo:

2:45pm

Here's Yanic Wildschut's thoughts on joining Middlesbrough - and his hopes of emulating fellow Dutchman Bolo Zenden at the Riverside:

Middlesbrough new boy Wildschut hopes to follow in Zenden's footsteps

The Northern Echo:

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New Middlesbrough signing Yanic Wildschut has spoken about his move from Heerenveen - and hopes he has as big an impact at the Riverside as his Dutch compatriot Bolo Zenden.

"I know that Zenden was a very big player here and hopefully I can do just as well, if not better than him,” Wildschut told the Boro website.

"I’ve got a lot of pace and speed – I think I’m strong too, so hopefully that can help us win a lot of points and do well."


 

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2:09pm

Middlesbrough confirm their second deadline-day deal, with striker Jelle Vossen having arrived on a season-long loan from Belgian side Genk.

That's quite a coup for Boro, who have been tracking Vossen for the best part of 12 months and who had a succession of bids turned down for the international last summer.

It'll be interesting to see where he fits into Aitor Karanka's plans, with Kike, Patrick Bamford and Lee Tomlin also to accommodate.

The Northern Echo:

2:02pm

2:00pm

It's clear out time at Sunderland, with Valentin Roberge now heading across the Channel to sign for Reims.

You've really got to question what on earth Roberto De Fanti and Paolo Di Canio were doing when they signed 14 players last summer.

Of those 14, only six are currently still at Sunderland - Emmanuele Giaccherini, Jozy Altidore, Vito Mannone, Charis Mavrias, Cabral and Duncan Watmore - and only one - Mannone - is a regular starter.

That's staggering really.

The Northern Echo: GAME OVER: Sunderland's Valentin Roberge celebrates scoring the second goal of the night to ensure a 2-0 win over Peterborough

1:37pm

Sunderland have confirmed that Modibo Diakite has left the club by mutual consent.

That allows him to move to Italy as a free agent, where he has been heavily linked with a move to Fiorentina.

Another huge success for the ill-fated Roberto Di Fanti experiment that was still in full swing this time last summer...

The Northern Echo:

1:33pm

Sebastian Coates' loan deal from Liverpool to Sunderland is a major step closer after the defender arrived at the Academy of Light for a medical.

The Uruguay international will significantly strengthen the Black Cats' defence, which could lose both Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite before the transfer window closes.

And, of course, Coates' arrival in the North-East is further proof that Fabio Borini will not be heading back to the Stadium of Light - unless he signs a permanent deal from Liverpool.

The Northern Echo: Sebastian Coates 

1:27pm

Might Newcastle United be about to spring a bit of a transfer surprise after all?

With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on his way to Roma, the Magpies are short in terms of centre-halves, but there's a chance they could turn to Manchester City's Matija Nastasic in an attempt to plug the gap.

Newcastle's recruitment team are understood to have inquired about the Serbian, who has been deemed suplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium following City's signing of Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.

City could allow Nastasic to leave on loan, although Newcastle would face competition from a number of Premier League rivals if they were to step up their interest.

The Northern Echo: Matija Nastasic is set for a spell on the sidelines

1:23pm

Away from the North-East, Javier Hernandez has completed a season-long loan from Man United to Real Madrid.

Given that he'd become about 178th choice striker at Old Trafford, that's almost certainly a wise move from the Mexican.

The Northern Echo: Javier Hernandez

1:12pm

1:09pm

There's been more speculation surrounding the future of Sunderland target Fabio Borini in the last few minutes. After selling Loic Remy to Chelsea for £8m, QPR have emerged as potential suitors for the Italian striker - and we all know Harry Redknapp loves a late dabble in the transfer market.

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There's also been talk on Wearside of a move for Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron. The Black Cats are willing to let Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge leave the Stadium of Light, and Cameron would be a versatile replacement.

 

  

12:46pm

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Away from the North-East, Burnley have broken their transfer record to sign striker George Boyd from Hull City.

Boyd was a major target for Middlesbrough for a lot of years, and you wonder how he would have fared had he moved to Teesside.

The Northern Echo: Hull have announced George Boyd will challenge his misconduct charge

12:21pm

From gauging the social media reaction, most Newcastle fans seem to be saying that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa hasn't been given a fair crack of the whip at St James'.

If he does end up moving to Roma today, it'll certainly be a rare failure in terms of Graham Carr bringing in players from France.

There have been times when he hasn't look especially reliable - but then the same could surely be said of all the centre-halves currently on Newcastle's books?The Northern Echo: NEW RECRUIT: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa undergoing a medical at Newcastle's Little Benton training ground this weekend

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Sunderland would like to move on to up to four players today, but as things stand, Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge are the most likely to depart.

Diakite has been linked with Fiorentina for the last few weeks, but reports in Italy this morning suggested Napoli had also been in touch with Sunderland officials to inquire about the defender.

Roberge has been in talks with French side Reims, and should join the Ligue 1 club later today.

The Northern Echo:

11:34am

With Middlesbrough splashing the cash to sign Yanic Wildschut and Jelle Vossen, might they be persuaded to sell someone to balance the books a bit?

Aitor Karanka has previously said he won't be selling anyone unless a Premier League club comes in, but might that change if Nottingham Forest make a final push for Albert Adomah?

Forest have been looking at the winger all summer - might Boro be tempted to cash in now they have Wildschut on board?

The Northern Echo: Storm: Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah scored at Huddersfield on his way to grabbing 12 goals

11:28am

Danny Welbeck's future has been the subject of considerable debate this morning - but the Manchester United forward was the first player out for England training at London Colney.

So you can forget about a medical and talks at either Sunderland or Newcastle for this morning at least....

The Northern Echo: Danny Welbeck

11:26am

Roma have been back in touch about Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - although the Magpies would be reluctant to let the Frenchman leave without getting someone in to replace him.

That could change if Roma were to agree to a permanent deal rather than a loan though - especially if they were to go up to around £5m.

In terms of incomings however, it's time to get out the tumbleweeds.....

The Northern Echo: WARM WELCOME: New signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, left, is among the French contingent that have been welcomed to Newcastle United. Gael Bigirimana is also pictured

11:19am

11:12am

Here's the full details of Yanic Wildschut's move to Middlesbrough - he's signed a two-year deal, with an option for a third year.

Middlesbrough complete €800,000 capture of Wildschut

11:04am

The first deal involving the North-East's big three is confirmed - and it's Middlesbrough's capture of Heerenveen winger Yanic Wildschut.

The transfer, for a fee of around €800,000 is completed, subject to Wildschut receiving the necessary international clearance.

The Northern Echo:

10:54am

With Middlesbrough close to completing deals for Jelle Vossen and Yanic Wildschut, it'll be interesting to see if anyone leaves the Riverside today.

I'm not expecting any of the club's big names to depart, but surely Jason Steele will have to move elsewhere to kickstart his career won't he? He clearly has no future at all under Aitor Karanka.

The Northern Echo: INJURED: Boro keeper Jason Steele  

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There will be exits from the North-East today - and Danny Graham could be one of them.

The Sunderland striker is attracting interest from three Championship clubs - although it's understood Leeds United pulled out of the running for him over the weekend.

The Northern Echo: Danny Graham failed to find the net at Sunderland

10:35am

Micah Richards has been linked with Sunderland in the last few days - but the former England international has been pictured in Florence ahead of signing for Serie A side Fiorentina.

The Black Cats considered him briefly, but his wages were always going to be a major issue.

The Northern Echo:

10:30am

The first North-East transfer of the day is done.

Darlington have signed former Sunderland, Hartlepool and Gateshead striker Ryan Noble.

It might not be the biggest news of the day - but it could be important for Darlo as they look to get themselves out of the Evo-Stick First Division North.

Quakers have also agreed a deal for Garry Guyan, a defender whose most recent contract was at Queensland Lions in Australia.

The Northern Echo: Sunderland striker Ryan Noble completes switch to Watford. Picture: Action Images  

10:18am

Looks like the big move of the day is just about done.

Man United have agreed a season-long loan deal for Radamel Falcao, which will cost them around £12m.

God only knows where they're going to play him mind. Centre-half? They certainly need somewhere there more than up front.

The Northern Echo: Colombia's Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup

10:05am

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Those Dutch quotes on Wildschut are interesting - although for a fee that's understood to be around €800,000, Middlesbrough will not be under too many illusions about what they're getting.

The winger is due to arrive on Teesside this morning, so Boro officials should have plenty of time to get the deal done.

Similarly, Jelle Vossen should also be confirmed as a Boro player ahead of tonight's deadline - initially on loan.

The Northern Echo:

9:54am

8:27am Mon 1 Sep 14

msg expat says

Total Dutch Football don't seem to rate Wildschut too highly?.......

Yanic Wildschut is on his way to English north-east side Middlesbrough tonight but could the winger be a positive addition to Boro’s squad? Martijn Hilhorst reveals all.

In the previous season he played twenty-five matches (18 for SC Heerenveen and seven on loan at ADO Den Haag) in which he only scored twice and only had one assist. His career is not impressive thus far: scoring 13 times in 119 matches. The stats prove he is possibly not the player Middlesbrough should be looking for.

Although on the plus side, he can be a threat, but not a big one. He comes across as dangerous and possesses great speed to outrun any defender, but his ball-control is so poor that when he gets to the ball, his actions are not mind-blowing. However, his physical appearance is astounding (Six-foot one-inch) for someone that pacey.

Wildschut is a typical player you substitute on when struggling defensively and being forced to play on the counter. Do not expect a constant performance from him, Yanic is a player who could be absolutely brilliant or incredibly pitiful.

9:48am

There's increasingly strong talk on Merseyside linking Fabio Borini with Inter Milan. The Italian has talked about wanting European football and a potential return to his homeland - and a move to Inter would tick both boxes.

With Borini seemingly off the agenda, Sunderland will move to complete a season-long loan for Sebastian Coates. Gus Poyet knows his fellow Urugayan well and has been keen to sign him all summer.

The Northern Echo: Sebastian Coates

9:44am

Away from the North-East, the big national headlines are likely to involve Radamel Falcao. The Monaco striker is being linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, as well as a host of leading clubs right across Europe.

Man United should complete the signing of Danny Blind, while it remains to be seen whether Arsenal land a striker or centre-half, or whether Arsene Wenger reverts to type and keeps his money in his pcoket.

Oh, and there's a certain QPR boss who's certain to be busy as well....

The Northern Echo: Colombia's Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup

9:42am

Will today finally the day that Gus Poyet admits defeat in his seemingly endless pursuit of Fabio Borini - or will the Sunderland head coach have the last laugh and land his number one summer target at the very last minute?

Borini's future has a major impact on the rest of Sunderland's business, as the club are also posied to seal a season-long loan for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates.

However, if Coates ends up moving to Wearside, that means Borini won't be unless he signs permanently. Premier League rules mean Sunderland can only sign one player on loan from Liverpool.

The Northern Echo: Fabio Borini's second-half strike won it for Sunderland

8:29am

Another striker who could well be on the move today is Danny Welbeck, and again, the Manchester United forward would potentially be of interest to both Newcastle and Sunderland.

If Louis van Gaal doesn't see Welbeck in his plans - and given the number of forwards on the Old Trafford books, that's a likely scenario - he may allow the England international to leave on a season-long loan.

Both of the North-East's Premier League clubs would be interested in that - although they'd have to beat off interest from half the clubs in the top-flight to land Welbeck.

The Northern Echo: Danny Welbeck

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The wildcard today could be Jermain Defoe, with Toronto looking to sell the former England international after their manager, Ryan Nelsen, was dismissed.

Might either Newcastle or Sunderland offer Defoe a route back to the Premier League? Newcastle could certainly do with another forward, although Defoe's age and price profile hardly matches Mike Ashley's modus operandi.

The Northern Echo: STRIKE STAR: Jermain Defoe

8:22am

Our Hartlepool writer, Nick Loughlin, has written in this morning's paper that there's a strong chance of Luke James moving to Peterborough today.

Having seen pictures of his reaction at the end of Saturday's game at Cheltenham, it's certainly fair to say James looked like a player who thought he'd played his final game for Pools.

The Northern Echo: HAPPY TO PLAY: Luke James

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Middlesbrough are very upbeat about their chances of signing both Jelle Vossen and Yanic Wildschut today.

Vossen's arrival would be an especially notable coup because they've been chasing the Belgium international for what seems like an eternity.

Their persistence looks like paying off though because Vossen travelled to England yesterday for talks.

It's taken a while, but that Free Jelle Vossen Twitter campaign has finally come good!

The Northern Echo:

7:54am

One interesting early-morning line emerging from the foreign media is that Italian side Roma are interested in Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

There's talk of a season-long loan, with a €5m option to buy next summer, but Newcastle will only allow Yanga-Mbiwa to leave if they get someone else in.

And their main choice of replacement, Toby Alderweireld, looks to be heading to Southampton instead.

The Northern Echo: St James' Park, Newcastle  -  Barclays Premier League: Newcastle United v Liverpool.  Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.Pic: Chris Booth         19/10/13 (8203110)

7:52am

From a North-East perspective, the first confirmed deal of the day is likely to be Ricardo Alvarez's season-long loan from Inter Milan to Sunderland.

The Argentinian attacking midfielder was on Wearside over the weekend and has agreed terms and passed a medical.

Sunderland have also set up a potential permanent transfer for next summer, which would be worth around £6.8m.

The Northern Echo:

7:37am

To get you in the deadline-day mood, here's last night's prediction of what will unfold ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/11443347.What_will_happen_at_Newcastle__Sunderland_and_Middlesbrough_on_transfer_deadline_day_/?ref=mr

7:34am

It's finally here. That's right - the day when managers up and down the land wind down the window of their Range Rovers, players are spotted heading in and out of the nearest Morrisons and agents start rubbing their hands together at the thought of their ten per cent commission.

That's right, another transfer deadline day has arrived, and we're here to help guide you through everything that happens on the North-East football landscape.

As ever, there'll be the usual mixture of exciting signings and broken ambitions - and we'll be with you every step of the day.

Get in touch by making a comment on the blog, or by Tweeting using the hashtag #echosport.

And don't forget, if you spot Lionel Messi bobbing into Greggs in the middle of Hartlepool for a steak bake, make sure you let us know.

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8:27am Mon 1 Sep 14

msg expat says...

Total Dutch Football don't seem to rate Wildschut too highly?.......

Yanic Wildschut is on his way to English north-east side Middlesbrough tonight but could the winger be a positive addition to Boro’s squad? Martijn Hilhorst reveals all.

In the previous season he played twenty-five matches (18 for SC Heerenveen and seven on loan at ADO Den Haag) in which he only scored twice and only had one assist. His career is not impressive thus far: scoring 13 times in 119 matches. The stats prove he is possibly not the player Middlesbrough should be looking for.

Although on the plus side, he can be a threat, but not a big one. He comes across as dangerous and possesses great speed to outrun any defender, but his ball-control is so poor that when he gets to the ball, his actions are not mind-blowing. However, his physical appearance is astounding (Six-foot one-inch) for someone that pacey.

Wildschut is a typical player you substitute on when struggling defensively and being forced to play on the counter. Do not expect a constant performance from him, Yanic is a player who could be absolutely brilliant or incredibly pitiful.
Total Dutch Football don't seem to rate Wildschut too highly?....... Yanic Wildschut is on his way to English north-east side Middlesbrough tonight but could the winger be a positive addition to Boro’s squad? Martijn Hilhorst reveals all. In the previous season he played twenty-five matches (18 for SC Heerenveen and seven on loan at ADO Den Haag) in which he only scored twice and only had one assist. His career is not impressive thus far: scoring 13 times in 119 matches. The stats prove he is possibly not the player Middlesbrough should be looking for. Although on the plus side, he can be a threat, but not a big one. He comes across as dangerous and possesses great speed to outrun any defender, but his ball-control is so poor that when he gets to the ball, his actions are not mind-blowing. However, his physical appearance is astounding (Six-foot one-inch) for someone that pacey. Wildschut is a typical player you substitute on when struggling defensively and being forced to play on the counter. Do not expect a constant performance from him, Yanic is a player who could be absolutely brilliant or incredibly pitiful. msg expat
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9:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

behonest says...

RE: Ben Arfa. "it has to be a huge risk allowing him to leave to join a Premier League rival just a few miles down the east coast."

That's true, Scott. Much less risky if NUFC sold him to Premier League rivals West Brom, 'cos they are 100s of miles away in the Midlands. Or less riskier still, Southampton, 'cos they are even further away, on the South Coast.
RE: Ben Arfa. "it has to be a huge risk allowing him to leave to join a Premier League rival just a few miles down the east coast." That's true, Scott. Much less risky if NUFC sold him to Premier League rivals West Brom, 'cos they are 100s of miles away in the Midlands. Or less riskier still, Southampton, 'cos they are even further away, on the South Coast. behonest
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