Transfer Deadline Day Wrap

Posted by ESPN staff

Arsenal finally landed their "super quality" signing, Everton made some smart deals, while Manchester United had a rather mixed day and Newcastle have sent out the search party for Joe Kinnear.

The Gunner's capture of Mesut Ozil, no doubt, has Arsenal fans in raptures as Arsene Wenger came up with a big-name signing not long before the close of the transfer window. Although the deal was supposed to be announced earlier in the afternoon, it was a clear case of better late then never.

Everton, meanwhile, may have lost their star midfielder Marouane Fellaini to United, but in signing Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, they appear to have strengthened their squad overall -- surely annoying former boss David Moyes, just a little.

Moyes did land his man in Fellaini, but missed out on Leighton Baines, Fabio Coentrao and Ander Herrera. Indeed, letting Herrera slip through his fingers because of red tape is perhaps Moyes' first taste of the trappings that come with being in charge of a truly sizeable club. United will now aim to forge on with their Premier League title defence with the squad they have, but Moyes will almost certainly come under pressure to spend well in January.

And, finally, the director of football who "can open the door to any manager in the world" has hardly been heard from. Joe Kinnear promised big things when he was brought in by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, but failed to land a single permanent deal over the summer. Oh, Joe, it was always going to end like this, wasn't it?


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