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The quietest transfer window in memory finally slams shut at 5pm tomorrow. Doubtless there will be a last-minute rush, but when one eight-figure fee was finally agreed, with Manchester United shelling out £10m for the young Fulham defender Chris Smalling, it outweighed all the others put together at that point. Even then, United agreed that Smalling could stay with the London club until the end of the season. Birmingham, as expected, had been as busy as anyone with their purchase of Michel and Craig Gardner at a joint cost of £6m. Tottenham's Harry Redknapp just could not resist adding to it, but two clubs with money to spend, West Ham and Sunderland, have found it difficult to get the players they want.

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Transfer Talk: Smalling wraps up United move

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Hammers join Premier League pair in chase for French forward

The Lens striker Toifilou Maoulida could join the Upton Park revolution after hinting he could be on the verge of leaving the French side. The 30-year-old, who has also been linked with Stoke and Wigan, has been confined to the substitutes' bench for most of the campaign. "I'm waiting to see," he said. "If an English club give me this opportunity, then why not? The English league has always interested me. It's 50/50 at the moment."

January sales: Window must be flung open

As we go into what is effectively the final week before the winter transfer deadline, the window is still barely ajar. It will have to be flung wide open in the next few days to match even the comparatively low spending of 2004 and 2005 (£50m each), and is clearly going to finish nowhere near last year's £180m. With 31 January falling on a Sunday, the deadline is extended until 5pm tomorrow week.

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