Liverpool had all but completed a deal to sign the Ukraine forward Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on Friday after a day of tough negotiations, but the move fell apart in the final minutes of transfer deadline day.
The club had agreed a €15m (£12.3m) fee with Dnipro for the 24-year-old, as well as a four-and-a half year contract worth €70,000 (£57,000) per week.
Though Tottenham denied that they were in the race for Konoplyanka, sources in Ukraine, where Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre was involved in a frantic attempt to complete the deal, had suggested that there was stiff competition for him.
Manchester City were left frustrated by what they felt to be the huge demands of an intransigent Porto, as they walked away from the combined valuation of £50m for defender Eliaquim Mangala and midfielder Fernando.
City were ready to negotiate for Mangala – heading off a potential summer contest for the player with Manchester United. The 22-year-old feared he would not be a first-choice centre-half at City – and would struggle to make France’s World Cup squad.
Dani Osvaldo’s ill-fated stay at Southampton is over, with the club-record signing joining Juventus on loan yesterday with a view to a permanent move.
Crystal Palace secured the signings of defender Scott Dann and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from Blackburn and Wolves respectively. On a busy day for Tony Pulis they also got Tom Ince on loan and were closing in on Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley.
Struggling Fulham signed the Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou from Olympiakos for £12.5m and German midfielder Lewis Holtby on loan from Tottenham. However, Dimitar Berbatov left the club, joining Monaco on loan, and defender Philippe Senderos was sold to Valencia for an undisclosed fee.
The strangest transfer deadline day stories - in pictures
The strangest transfer deadline day stories - in pictures
1/10 Peter Odemwingie to QPR?
One of the weirder stories of recent years. Odemwingie took it upon himself to drive to London from West Brom and spoke of his excitement about joining QPR. Unfortunately the Nigerian was to discover his club hadn't given him permission to speak to Harry Redknapp's side so Odemwingie suffered the indignity of being locked out of Loftus Road and sent back to the Hawthorns with his tail firmly between his legs.
2/10 Robinho's slip of the tongue
Newly rich Man City might have been pipped to the signing of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, but they had made a big statement by stealing Robinho from under Chelsea's noses. So I expect they were delighted when Robinho announced: "Chelsea made a great proposal on the last day and I accepted". When asked if he meant Manchester City, Robinho replied: "Yeah. Manchester. Sorry!"
3/10 Ryan Babel's mystery flight
Ryan Babel was spotted getting in a helicopter bound for London on deadline day in 2010 but where was he headed? No move ever materialised and the mystery continues to this day. Just where was the Babelcopter going?
4/10 How much?
When Chelsea splashed £50m on Fernando Torres, in 2011, some felt they'd overpaid. Fortunately Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool were on hand to put things into perspective by immediately spending £35m of that money on Andy Carroll - a man with just a good half season of Premier League football behind him. Dalglish lost his job and Carroll is now at West Ham.
5/10 Julian Faubert to Real Madrid
Arguably one of the strangest transfers of all time, in 2009 Real Madrid took Julian Faubert on loan from West Ham. To the surprise of no one it wasn't a success, Faubert made just two appearances and once fell asleep while on the bench during a game.
6/10 Arshavin arrival
When that window slams shut (it always slams) trading ceases - unless you're Arsenal that is. The £15m arrival of Andrei Arshavin in 2009 had Gooners waiting for confirmation a full 24 hours after Big Ben had struck midnight. There was some excuse about adverse weather conditions, but that didn't stop Arsenal's Premier League rivals from raising an eyebrow or two.
7/10 David Beckham joins PSG
While any criticism of Sir David of course borders on sacrilege, and Beckham's decision to give all his wages from the club to a children's charity is to be applauded, the fact that he chose to make the move on deadline day when as a free agent he could move whenever he liked, did seem quite a lot like attention-seeking.
8/10 Benjani's airport nap
Sounding more like the badly thought through excuse of a schoolboy than a reason that almost scuppered a transfer, Benjani wrote his way into deadline day folklore in 2008. Flying from Portsmouth to Manchester to finalise a move to City, the striker rather unfortunately fell asleep in the airport, missing two planes and nearly ruining his chances of a move. In the end Man City fans must have wished he had.
9/10 Samba time
Nothing sums up the mad decisions made by desperate clubs during the January window than the signing of Chris Samba by QPR. The relegation threatened club forked out an incredible £12.5m to bring in the former Blackburn centre-back to save their season - and also agreed to pay him £100,000 a week. Turned out he wasn't much help, at one stage even having to apologise for being at fault for two goals in the west-London derby defeat to Fulham. QPR were relegated and Samba returned to Anzhi Makhachkala.
10/10 Alan Pardew's lucky day
Bizarrely and seemingly with a whiff of something shady, 2006 saw Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano arrive at West Ham looking more than a little confused. In the end the third party deal was ruled illegal and West Ham had to pay a £5.5m fine and £20m compensation to Sheffield United who were relegated when Tevez's goals kept West Ham in the league later that season.
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