Owen Hargreaves shock signing for Manchester City came as a bolt from the blue to the footballing world, not least his former club Manchester United. Here are five more surprise deals which could develop later today...
Peter Crouch to sign for QPR from Tottenham
The beanpole striker has been subject of frenzied speculation the past two days with Stoke City and Sunderland both linked. However a return to former club QPR, newly rich with cash could be on the cards. The move would be a quick trip across London and save Crouch having to uproot and cost around £12 million.
Gary Cahill to sign for Tottenham from Bolton
Arsenal officially withdrew their interest in Cahill yesterday after signing German international Per Mertesacker. This leaves Bolton in a difficult position with Cahill's contract running down. Owen Coyle has already admitted he will not stand in Cahill's way if the right offer comes in and Spurs could throw in Sebastien Bassong as a sweetener.
Injury prone Ledley King and ageing William Gallas mean defence is a weak spot for Spurs, as Man City highlighted over the weekend.
Marouanne Fellaini to Arsenal from Everton
Arsene Wenger is understood to have enquired for Fellaini and Arteta yesterday as he desperately strives to add new faces to his Arsenal squad. Everton would be more open to selling Fellaini than Arteta, and he could be a priority target if Arsenal are priced out of a move for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. The Belgian would certainly add height and presence to Arsenal's lightweight midfield.
Darron Gibson to Newcastle from Man United
The out of favour Man United midfielder has called a halt on a move to Sunderland already this summer, but with time ticking down he must realise the urgency to secure a move. Newcastle are believed to be interested, and a loan move may be a compromise if Gibson is unwilling to totally give up on his United dream just yet. He would follow the path of former teammate Gabriel Obertan in joining the Magpies.
Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal from Inter Milan?
Don't believe the denials, this is transfer deadline day remember, anything can happen. Sneijder has been incessantly linked with moves to Manchester United this summer, and even with United's promising young midfielder would they really turn down a deal at the right price? Reports in Italy have linked Arsenal partly in thanks to Wenger's scattergun approach to signings in the past two days. Sneijder would have to take a pay cut to join either club, but Chelsea could weigh in with a late bid if efforts to capture Luka Modric remain fruitless as Andre Villas-Boas seeks to re-sculpt his midfield.