David Moyes, the Everton manager, made the biggest impact on transfer deadline day, with four deals in a matter of hours.
Early in the day, Robbie Savage missed out on a move to the team he supported as a boy when Birmingham dismissed Moyes's £3m offer as "derisory". But things picked up when the highly-rated Scot James McFadden moved to Goodison Park after Motherwell had rejected opening offers but finally accepted a package worth around £1.25m.
Motherwell are in administration and their main creditor - their former chairman John Boyle - was persuaded to accept the improved offer. McFadden, who will pick up around £350,000 a year followed Nigel Martyn and Francis Jeffers into the Goodison, with Kevin Kilbane the unexpected fourth signing.
Jeffers joined on loan after Arsenal dropped their demand for a guaranteed transfer at the end of the year in a move thought to have cost about £2m. "This is his chance to put right the things many people have said about him," Moyes said.
Martyn's deal from Leeds United was the first to go through, with a fee of around £500,000. The surprise £1m move for Kilbane, the Sunderland and Republic of Ireland winger, came with hours to spare. Kilbane and Moyes are being re-united after working together at Preston.
As the number of players moving to clubs on loan rose throughout the day, the Professional Footballers' Association voiced their concern over the increasing number of Premiership deals of that kind. .
Leeds' moves for Cyril Chapuis and Roque Junior took the number of their loan signings alone to six, for example, and the PFA's deputy chief executive Mick McGuire said: "It concerns us that clubs are beginning to give a new identity to loan arrangements.
"The terminology for a loan in the regulations is a temporary transfer, which suggests it is there on a very short-term basis and was originally used to help clubs out who had injury problems. When it became a longer-term option it was used to give players such as Liverpool's Neil Mellor the chance to gain first team experience. Now we are seeing senior Premiership players being loaned out and that concerns us."
Tottenham signed the Internazionale midfielder Stephane Dalmat on a season-long deal and also completed a one-month deal for the Charlton defender Paul Konchesky.
But while the Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp beat other Premiership sides to secure the loans of the West Brom striker Jason Roberts and the Czech goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, he missed out on Ian Harte of Leeds because Premiership rules state that clubs can only enter into two domestic loan deals.
The manager had thought it was two from the Premiership plus others from the Nationwide, and having already taken Alexei Smertin from Chelsea, the agreement with Roberts ruled out taking Harte.