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“I think when you get into that last hour and there are still a few snags between the two clubs, with not everything sorted yet, you do fear the worst, and start thinking you might be going into training with Manchester City,” he said.
But in the end those fears were unfounded, as the midfielder completed a year-long loan move to Goodison Park.
In a last, hectic hour, Barry’s move was one of three, with James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku also joining up with Roberto Martinez’s team.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini did some late business of his own, as he finally secured a new defender in the shape of Martin Demichelis.
The Argentinian centre-back was signed for a reported fee of £3.5million, and he has been speaking to the Manchester Evening News following his move.
“Life has made me a fighter,” he said, “because of my principles and because of where I came from. I have struggled in life and those difficulties define me.
“I am a hard worker.”
Pellegrini will know that only too well, having worked with the player during his time at both River Plate and Malaga. And it appears that for all their attacking reinforcements, their only defensive one could have just as big an impact this season.
And finally, James Milner has been speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
“We have four games left and it’s in our hands,” he said. “It’s down to us to perform in them and finish the job.”
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