Ligue 1 Transfer Deadline Day Round Up: Falcao in limbo

As it stands the French transfer window is closed, but Manchester United's move for Radamel Falcao is still to be clarified.

Midnight in France signalled the end of the summer transfer window. Although as the midnight hour passed, we were still no closer to knowing if Radamel Falcao had completed his move from Monaco to Manchester United.

That move will run on into the night, the Colombian striker has spoken to the press about his happiness regarding the move so you have to assume it is close to completion.

Elsewhere in Ligue 1 it has been a busy day of incomings rather than outgoings, which is not usually the French way. If you have ever spent some time in the country, you will know that the French enjoy taking their time and rushing is just not part of the culture. Well played to the French clubs for pushing themselves the whole day without a 3-hour lunch break.

There was relief all around Marseille when they completed the signing of Brazilian centre-back Doria, bringing the excellent #DoriaTheExplorer hashtag. He is very highly regarded and is a much needed addition at the Stade Velodrome.

That relief was continued when Morgan Amalfitano secured his move to West Ham United late on. Marcelo Bielsa had fallen out with the midfielder and wanted him to have no part of his squad.

Lille secured their replacement for Salomon Kalou, signing Swiss striker Michael Frey from Young Boys Berne on a four-year deal. The 20-year-old is a Swiss under-21 international and will be welcomed with open arms to the north of France.

Philippe Montanier made it 11 signings for Rennes this summer when he secured Habib Habibou's move from KAA Gent to Brittany late in the window. Now it is up to the former Real Sociedad coach to turn them into a team.

There was one departure from Paris Saint-Germain this evening. Young 19-year-old winger Hervin Ongenda joined Bastia on loan for the season. PSG are entrusting former coach Claude Makelele with his development.

That means there was no move for midfielder Adrien Rabiot. He had heavily been linked with a move to Arsenal and Roma, but it now looks like he will run out his contract in Paris, while his mother pulls the strings.

With centre-back Bruno Ecuele Manga making the move to Cardiff City, FC Lorient captured his replacement in AS Nancy defender Francois Bellugou.

There were worries that Monaco might not end the day with anyone to play next week when defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin joined Dutch side PSV on loan for the rest of the season, he had been linked with a loan move to Saint-Etienne earlier in the window.

Over in Guingamp there were Yatabare's flying all over the place. Striker Mustapha Yatabare made the jump to Trabzonspor, while midfielder Sambou Yatabare joined the Breton club from Olympiakos, sadly they gave him a different squad number, could have saved some fans money by giving him the No. 9.

One deal we knew that was going through was Tottenham Hotspur's move for Benjamin Stambouli of Montpellier. He joined the London club for around €6 million.

Stade de Reims made a double swoop, with Sunderland's Valentine Roberge signing on year-long loan and Liverpool legend David N'Gog signing a two-year deal at the club.

Despite all those moves, all eyes are still on the transfer of Falcao. Wouldn't it be awkward if he had to return to the Cote d'Azur with his tail between his legs? For him and the club, let's hope the deal is confirmed.

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