Transfer window: Clubs in deadline day scramble

January 31, 2008

Jermain Defoe is hoping to kickstart his career at Portsmouth after a last-minute move from Tottenham on transfer deadline day.

The England striker's switch was left in the balance as the clock ticked towards midnight, with Pompey boss Harry Redknapp waiting to see if Benjani Mwaruwari would clinch a transfer to Manchester City before rubber-stamping Defoe's deal.

Benjani flew to Manchester this evening in a frantic attempt to complete a medical and agree terms, but as the window was set to close the paperwork was put through.

'I can't wait to be honest, I just want to get my boots on,' Defoe, who has found himself on the fringes at White Hart Lane, told Sky Sports News.

'At the end of the day I haven't been playing football, hopefully I can play football here. I just want to score goals.'

Redknapp confirmed this evening that he was hopeful of taking Defoe to the south coast - and providing him with the game time to force his way back into the England squad after his omission earlier today.

'He will be a great signing for us. He needs to play,' he said.

'Jermain is a top player. He's too good not to play and I think he's a fantastic goalscorer. It will be great to have him here.'

Redknapp also confirmed that Benjani's transfer was dependent on his securing Defoe's services.

City boss Sven-Goran Erikssonhas also brought Ecuador striker Felipe Caicedo, 19, to Eastlands in a £5million switch from FC Basle, while midfielder Ousmane Dabo has left for Lazio.

Middlesbrough have completed their anticipated club-record swoop for Brazil striker Afonso Alves after he was handed a work permit on appeal earlier today.

The 27-year-old agreed terms on a four-and-a-half-year deal and passed a medical this week and will join from Heerenveen subject to international clearance.

The exact fee has not been revealed but exceeds the £8.1million Boro paid for Massimo Maccarone in 2002.

Boro manager Gareth Southgate told his club's official website www.mfc.co.uk: 'I'm delighted to have completed the deal.

'As usual at this time of the year, it was a late night - but Afonso brings us something different in that he is a goalscorer who does much of his best work inside the box.'

Tottenham overcame reports earlier today that Brazilian left-back Gilberto had failed a medical to sign the Hertha Berlin defender, who was out of contract with the Bundesliga club at the end of the season.

Having also brought in defenders Jonathan Woodgate, Alan Hutton and Chris Gunter this month, Spurs boss Juande Ramos has allowed Anthony Gardner to leave on loan for Everton, while Paul Stalteri has also joined Fulham until the end of the season.

This evening's other main activity has seen Newcastle defender David Rozehnal join Lazio on loan for the rest of the campaign, while Liverpool have denied reports that they have signed long-term loan midfielder Javier Mascherano on a permanent deal - although the Argentinian's advisors are thought to have agreed a four-year contract.

Wigan have signed Norwegian defender Erik Hagen, 32, on loan from Zenit St Petersburg until the end of the season.

Sunderland have also been active, bringing in Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Reid, 25, in a deal which could be worth up to £4million, while Greg Halford moved on loan in the opposite direction and Graham Kavanagh has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

It has been one in, one out at Bolton, who have taken Southampton frontman Grzegorz Rasiak on loan for the rest of the campaign but allowed midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson to go out on loan to Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

Earlier today, Fulham reunited Finland great Jari Litmanen with former national team boss Roy Hodgson, while also bringing in the striker's international team-mate Toni Kallio. The defender joins from Swiss side BSC Young Boys.

Derby, meanwhile, moved to plug their leaky defence this afternoon with the capture of Everton stalwart Alan Stubbs.

They earlier completed the formalities of Roy Carroll's transfer from Rangers, with Rams goalkeeping rival Stephen Bywater heading to Ipswich on loan.

Fulham's hopes of signing Rangers striker Daniel Cousin are still unclear after FIFA claimed yesterday they had still to make a decision on his £3million transfer.

Cousin played 20 minutes of league football as a substitute for French club Lens before completing his summer switch to Rangers and FIFA regulations forbid a player from playing for more than two clubs in one season.

Newcastle tied up the signing of 17-year-old Atalanta starlet Fabio Zamblera.

In Scotland, Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson has joined Celtic in a £1.25million deal after passing a medical this evening.

Rangers missed out on Andrea Caracciolo, who has joined Brescia, but they did sign Fulham midfielder Steve Davis on loan.

Although midnight is the official cut-off point for transfers, special dispensation to complete signings beyond that deadline can be sought.