Manchester City completed their shock swoop for injury-plagued former

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves on transfer deadline day,

while Arsenal signed Brazilian defender Andre Santos, Germany

centre-back Per Mertesacker and Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun.


was released by United at the end of last season after the champions

rejected his offer to play for free following a miserable four-year

spell at Old Trafford.

The former England star suffered a series

of knee injuries following his move to United from Bayern Munich in 2007

and spent much of the close-season trying to convince potential

employers that he was still capable of playing at the highest level.


believe Hargreaves is completely recovered from his knee surgeries and

they put the finishing touches to the one-year contract after the

30-year-old passed an extensive medical over the last 24 hours.


the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger was the busiest boss on deadline

day as he signed full-back Santos from Fenerbahce for STG6.2 million

($A9.51 million) and Werder Bremen’s Mertesacker for around STG8 million

($A12.27 million) as he tried to shore up a leaky defence that shipped

eight goals at Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea midfielder

Benayoun was the next Arsenal signing, joining on loan for the rest of

the season in the final minutes before the window closed, with Everton

midfielder Mikel Arteta said to be another potential target.


has been forced to make a series of last-ditch deals before Wednesday’s

2200GMT (0700 AEST) deadline after Arsenal’s miserable start to the

season and Santos, Mertesacker and Benayoun arrived after South Korea

striker Park Chu-Young, who joined from Monaco on Tuesday.


north London, Tottenham signed England midfielder Scott Parker from

West Ham in a deal believed to be worth STG6 million ($A9.2 million).


was able to hang onto Croatia midfielder Luka Modric despite a STG40

million ($A61.36 million) offer from Chelsea on Tuesday, but England

striker Peter Crouch is set to follow his team-mate Wilson Palacios to

Stoke after the Honduras midfielder completed a 6 million ($A9.2

million) switch to the FA Cup finalists.

Stoke also hope to sign Cameron Jerome after reportedly agreeing a fee for the Birmingham forward.


Chelsea failing to get Modric, the Blues launched a late move for

Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, who handed in a transfer request on

Wednesday in a bid to force through a deal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish brought Craig Bellamy back to Anfield four years after the Wales striker left the club.


who spent the 2006-07 season at Liverpool, had been unwanted at

Manchester City since last season when he went on loan to Cardiff after

falling out with boss Roberto Mancini.

England winger Joe Cole,

who failed to shine at Liverpool following his free transfer from

Chelsea in 2010, joined French champions Lille in a surprise season-long

loan deal.

Another Liverpool midfielder, Christian Poulsen, was

also on the move to France as the Denmark international joined Evian on a

one-year contract just over a season after arriving at Anfield.


signed Birmingham centre-back Scott Dann on a four-year contract, while

QPR brought in England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester


Wigan Athletic signed Scotland forward Shaun Maloney from

Celtic and also snapped up young Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt on

a season-long loan on Wednesday.

Maloney reportedly cost STG1

million ($A1.53 million) and has agreed a two-year contract with the

Latics with an option for an additional one-year extension.


Villa signed of Republic of Ireland Under-21 international defender

Enda Stevens, who will officially join Alex McLeish’s side from Shamrock

Rovers in January.