£140 Million Deadline Day Creates Record-Breaking Transfer Window

England wakes up with a deadline day hangover after a £140 million spend took outlays during the summer transfer window to a record-breaking £630 million.

The Big Deal: Arsenal

Arsenal’s notoriously tight purse strings popped with the £42.4 million signing of Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil. “Arsenal Spender” – as The Daily Mail exclaimed – will enjoy a slew of creative riches at his disposal, but the lack of defensive reinforcements or an Olivier Giroud back-up mean a Top 4 spot is far from guaranteed.

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Man Utd

Manchester Utd’s fruitless summer saw one angry fan tweet: “BREAKING NEWS: David Moyes announces the signing of South Korean midfielder Fukin-No-Won.”

But last-chance saloon saw the Red Devils snap up Belgian fur ball Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million from Everton. It was a frantic finish to a transfer window that saw unsuccessful bids for La Liga quartet Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Sami Khedira and Ander Herrera. Their bid for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao is still pending.

United fans have been lamenting the departure of former Chief Executive David Gill after his replacement Ed Woodward’s failure to secure leading targets.

Marouane Fellaini

Liverpool

Flushed with the triumph of beating rivals Manchester United one-nil at the weekend, Liverpool scored two transfers for the price of one, signing centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a cool £25 million combined fee.

Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori

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Meanwhile Everton picked up Wigan midfielder James McCarthy for £13 million and Aston Villa nabbed Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak for £7 million.

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The Championship

Harry Redknapp teased reporters from his car window before securing last-ditch loan deals for Spurs duo Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Let’s hope all this cash translates into some decent footy, eh? Check the full list of transfers below:

Premier league

Cameron Jerome – Stoke to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

Marouane Fellaini – Everton to Manchester United (undisclosed)

Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea to Everton (loan)

James McCarthy – Wigan to Everton (undisclosed)

Gareth Barry – Manchester City to Everton (loan)

Victor Anichebe – Everton to West Brom (undisclosed)

Gedo – Al Ahly to Hull City (loan)

Elsad Zverotic – Young Boys to Fulham (Undisclosed)

Andrea Dossena – Napoli to Sunderland (free)

Stephane Sessegnon – Sunderland to West Brom (Undisclosed)

Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid to Arsenal (Undisclosed)

Fabio Borini – Liverpool to Sunderland (loan)

Alvaro Vazquez – Getafe to Swansea (loan)

Emiliano Viviano – Palermo to Arsenal (loan)

Libor Kozak – Lazio to Aston Villa (undisclosed)

Stephen Ireland – Aston Villa to Stoke (loan)

Adrian Mariappa – Reading to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

Victor Moses – Chelsea to Liverpool (loan)

Lee Camp – West Brom (free)

Mamadou Sakho – Paris Saint-Germain to Liverpool (undisclosed)

Morgan Amalfitano – Marseille to West Brom (loan)

Tiago Ilori – Sporting Lisbon to Liverpool (undisclosed)

Marko Arnautovic – Werder Bremen to Stoke (undisclosed)

Jack Hunt – Huddersfield to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

Emmanuel Mayuka – Southampton to Sochaux (loan)

Abdul Razak – Manchester City to Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)

Francisco Junior – Everton to Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Sam Hutchinson – Chelsea to Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Championship

Ryan Shotton – Wigan to Stoke (loan)

Kei Kamara – Sporting Kansas to Middlesbrough (undisclosed)

Jacob Butterfield – Norwich to Middlesbrough (undisclosed)

Niko Kranjcar – Dynamo Kiev to QPR (loan)

Michael Kightly – Stoke to Burnley (loan)

Nathan Tyson – Derby to Blackpool (Undisclosed)

Tom Carroll – Tottenham to QPR (loan)

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – Tottenham to QPR (loan)

Cameron Stewart – Hull to Charlton (loan)

Nick Powell – Manchester United to Wigan (loan)

Peter Ramage – Crystal Palace to Barnsley (loan)

Paul Caddis – Swindon to Birmingham (undisclosed)

Liam Fontaine – Bristol City to Yeovil (loan)

Bradley Orr – Blackburn to Blackpool (loan)

League One

Danny Green – Charlton to MK Dons (loan)

Stephen McLaughlin – Nottingham Forest to Bristol City (loan)

Raphael Calvet – Auxerre to Brentford (undisclosed)

Marcello Trotta – Fulham to Brentford (loan)

Jayden Stockley – Bournemouth to Leyton Orient (loan)

Conor Townsend – Hull to Carlisle (loan)

James O’Connor – Derby to Bristol City (loan)

Harry Bunn – Manchester City to Sheffield United (loan)

Massimo Luongo – Tottenham to Swindon (£400,000)

Dany N’Guessan – Swindon (free)

Mohammed El Gabas – Swindon (free)

Florent Cuvelier – Stoke to Sheffield United (undisclosed)

Genseric Kusunga – Basel to Oldham (free)

League Two

Cauley Woodrow – Fulham to Southend (loan)

David Noble – Rotherham to Cheltenham

Marcus Bettinelli – Fulham to Accrington Stanley (loan)

Hamza Bencherif – Plymouth Argyle (free)

Jamie Reckord – Wolves to Plymouth Argyle (loan)

Brian Jensen – Bury (free)

Graham Cummins – Preston to Rochdale (loan)

Marcus Carver – Accrington to AFC Halifax Town (loan)

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Get To Paddy Power For Some Shameful Promotions

You’ve got to give Paddy Power credit where it’s due, they really know how to draw attention to themselves. They have their own brand of pants which has already got them into trouble, and know they’re using trouble as an excuse to give away free bets; not that we’re complaining about it or anything.

The latest cheeky promotion from Paddy Power is called Ball Of Shame. The concept is very simple; you’ll receive free bets and promotions any time some bad and shameful behaviour occurs on the pitch. This could be pitch invading, someone pinching a corner flag, a little bit of harmless head-butting or just a player who doesn’t want to stop his shouting match with the ref.

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How It Works

Any time Paddy Power deems a player’s or fan’s action as shameful, they’ll give away a few deals to anyone who’s signed up to Paddy Power and registered their allegiance to the same team as that player or fan. They’ve already given all registered Blackpool fans a free £10 bet because of a pitch invasion during their Carling Cup loss to Preston last night.

So what do you think? There’s bound to be some despicable behaviour during any football season, so it’s worth signing up with Paddy Power in the hopes that your team might be do something outrageous. Don’t forget to mention it on Twitter too with #BallOfShame.

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Hodds On To Be The Next England U21 Manager? No, Southgate Is.

ITV pundit Gareth Southgate is the 4/11 favourite to become the next England U21 manager , ahead of former Rovers boss Michael Appleton at 7/2 (stats according to Paddy Power).

England’s Euro 96 villain has been out of management since he was sacked from Middlesbrough in 2009. Southgate got his impregnable beak in FA soil during his 18 month stint as head of elite development. Meanwhile Appleton, dubbed the Mary Queen of Scots of management for his 67 day spell at Blackburn this year, is looking to resurrect his fledgling career.

Glen Hoddle’s urbane critique of the U21 set-up in the aftermath of the team’s group stage failure sees him installed as third favourite.

It would mark a real turnaround for Hoddle after his acrimonious dismissal from the senior England job back in 1999. Despite a spirited World Cup 1998 campaign, Hoddle’s pseudo-spiritual hooey made his position untenable. In an interview with Matt Dickinson from the Times, Hoddle suggested that disabled people were being punished for their sins in a previous life.

Freshly retired midfield stalwart Phil Neville represents good value for the role at 16/1, whereas Fergie’s former yes man and steady-eddie Mike Phelan is a respectable long-shot at 50/1.

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Joe Kinnear Uncut: The REAL Talksport Interview

Pug-faced dinosaur Joe Kinnear is back at Newcastle with none of the belligerent bark that characterised his first spell on Tyneside.

JFK (the acronym awarded to Joe for his incessant use of the F-bomb) gained notoriety in 2008 for calling journalist Simon Bird a “c*nt”.

Over the weekend, Kinnear joined BBC’s Talksport to clear the air. Football fans were expecting an onslaught of verbal diarrhoea but were pleasantly surprised by Kinnear‘s sprawling vocabulary and pitch perfect pronunciation.

New Role Will Be A Balancing Act

It was an interview delivered with all the eloquence of a Shakespearean soliloquy. It therefore came as no shock when Kinnear revealed his future plans:

“At Wimbledon, we were all warriors. On top of educating Pards on the beauty of the English language [a nod to the Newcastle manager’s ‘rape’ gaffe on Match of the Day], I’ll be channelling the warrior in me to play one of literature’s most noble characters – Macbeth. Toon by day, London’s West End by night. ”

Geordie fans have described it as an archaic appointment, given that Kinnear’s last sustained involvement in top-tier management came to an end “last century” when he left Wimbledon.

When grilled on supporter contempt, Kinnear retorted: “Alas, a series of ad-hominem arguments from the unintelligent Newcastle diaspora. It’s a good job native Geordies know the real story. I’ve been anchored in the ITV ‘Tactics Truck’ for much of the last 13 years providing ammunition for Wheaty (David Pleat) Beggers (Jim Beglin) and TOWIE (Andy Townsend).”

In a momentary throwback to his guttermouth years, Kinnear launched a thinly-veiled jibe at fellow footballing “geezer” Harry Redknapp: “It seems hanging your head out of a car window earns you kudos for transfer dealings these days. Let me tell you this: the only thing I was hanging out of after buying Efan Ekoku from Norwich in 1994 was Delia Smith’s arse.”

Transfer Ninja Kinnear To Leverage PRISM

Kinnear, who will assume the role vacated by Dennis Wise four years ago, was quick to rationalise his appointment:

“You probably heard about Robbie Earle flogging his complimentary tickets on the sly at ITV. Where do you think he learnt that? At Wimbledon. That’s the kind of guile I bring to transfers. I can spot a good bit of business”

“I’m an early adopter. Arsène [Wenger] of all people warned me about the perils of PRISM – they can see every young player you search for on the web. I’ve used the whole system to my benefit. I’ve logged every single player people search for.”

Has Kinnear Made Newcastle Odds On For The Drop?

Kinnear’s appointment has underlined a host of new betting markets. 14-1 for Newcastle to be relegated on Paddypower represents good value if you dig the despair of Toon fans at JFK’s appointment.

Meanwhile Pardew, who according to the Geordie rumour mill loves a punt himself, is now 7/4 on William Hill to be next manager to leave the Premiership.

When questioned on the odds of forging a successful relationship with Pardew, Kinnear quipped: “Look, I kept [ex-Wimbledon goalkeeper] Neil Sullivan happy for the best part of eight years whilst Hans Segers was number one. I’ve got a big mouth.”

Editor note: The quotes in this article are somewhat fabricated. For the real – and equally hilarious transcript – visit here.

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Pick Of The Week: Bet With Paddy Power – England VS Brazil

With the friendly match at the renovated Maracana stadium drawing ever closer, our Pick of the Week is this Sunday’s match between Brazil and England. The match is going ahead despite worries that the stadium was unsafe. It’s the first time England have been back to Brazil since June 1984, where they won 2-0.

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Markets Offered

We’ve got our eye on both the correct score markets and the win markets. Paddy Power offers a great selection of bets to choose from, but here are the most interesting markets available.

Here are the odds for the team to win:

Win-Draw-Win

Brazil 4/7 Draw 11/4 England 9/2

Draw No Bet

Brazil 1/5 England 3/1

These are the odds for the correct score at the end of Brazil vs England on Sunday 2nd June:

Correct Score

Brazil 1-0 - 6/1 Draw 0-0 - 11/1 England 1-0 - 14/1
Brazil 2-0 - 7/1 Draw 1-1 - 6/1 England 2-0 - 30/1
Brazil 2-1 - 13/2 Draw 2-2 - 12/1 England 2-1 - 14/1
Brazil 3-0 - 11/1 Draw 3-3 - 50/1 England 3-0 - 90/1
Brazil 3-1 - 11/1 Draw 4-4 - 300/1 England 3-1 - 45/1
Brazil 3-2 - 19/1 England 3-2 - 40/1
Brazil 4-0 - 22/1 England 4-0 - 375/1
Brazil 4-1 - 22/1 England 4-1 - 175/1
Brazil 4-2 - 40/1 England 4-2 - 150/1
Brazil 4-3 - 90/1 England 4-3 - 200/1
Brazil 5-0 - 60/1 England 5-0 - 500/1
Brazil 5-1 - 55/1 England 5-1 - 500/1
Brazil 5-2 - 100/1 England 5-2 - 500/1
Brazil 5-3 - 225/1 England 5-3 - 500/1
Brazil 5-4 - 500/1 England 5-4 - 500/1
Brazil 6-0 - 175/1 England 6-0 - 500/1
Brazil 6-1 - 150/1 England 6-1 - 500/1
Brazil 7-0 - 500/1 England 7-0 - 500/1
Brazil 7-1 - 475/1 England 7-1 - 500/1
Brazil 8-0 - 500/1 England 8-0 - 500/1
Brazil 8-1 - 500/1 England 8-1 - 500/1
Brazil 9-0 - 500/1 England 9-0 - 500/1
Brazil 10-0 - 500/1 England 10-0 - 500/1

Keeping It Friendly

The last time England were in Brazil it was Alex Oxlade’s father on the pitch. Now that the 19 year old has the chance of playing the same ground his father played years before all that’s left to ask is how will England do this Sunday? Where will your money be going?

Enjoy your weekend! We know we will.

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William Hill Want You To Guess Where Rooney Will Be In September

William Hill are taking bets on which club Wayne Rooney will be with come September 2013.

You can place your bet with William Hill by clicking here.

 
Rooney has put in a transfer request to leave Manchester United, although this is not the first time he has asked to leave the club.

This time around, even though the retiring Ferguson has said that they will not let Rooney go, it will be one of the first things that David Moyes tackles when he takes over in July.

William Hill Present The Odds

Man Utd 2/1
Bayern Munich 11/4
Paris Saint-Germain 3/1
Chelsea 4/1
Man City 20/1
Monaco 20/1
Real Madrid 20/1
AC Milan 33/1
Arsenal 33/1
Barcelona 33/1
Juventus 33/1
Inter Milan 40/1
Liverpool 80/1
Anzhi 100/1
Everton 100/1
Tottenham 100/1

Get Back In The Game

After Rooney missed the recent match against Swansea, he was still out celebrating with the team after their victory. Ferguson has remarked that Rooney just needs some time off to get his head back in the game and concentrate on being a Manchester United player again.

Will Rooney really fly the Old Trafford nest this time around?

Sign up with William Hill today to place a bet on which club Rooney will be at in September later this year.

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Funny Football Captions

Well, I’m sure you know that last night Manchester United won their 20th Premier League by beating Aston Villa 3-0. I also made £80, so it wasn’t a bad night all round. Now the seasons pretty much over, and all that’s left is to find out who might be relegated or not.

Don’t be too down about it though, we’ll have more football soon enough. Until then, enjoy these captions on some of the strangest pictures taken during a football match.

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And finally, the strangest warm-up we’ve ever seen.

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I’m pretty sure that’s not how you’re meant to do it.

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Pick Of The Week: Man U Vs. Aston Villa

The Premier League might officially end on the 19th of May, but there’s every possibility that we might see the winner tonight! At 8:00pm tonight (Monday the 22nd of April), Manchester United will go head to head against Aston Villa, and people are speculating that the match is likely to be one-sided.

Manchester United are currently sitting at the top of the leader board with a very comfortable 81 points, which is 13 points ahead of their closest competitors Manchester City. On the other hand, Aston Villa are dwindling near the very bottom of the league, and for the time being are only just holding off relegation.

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The End Of The Road?

If that wasn’t enough for the Red Devils, then they’ll also be happy to know that they have a chance of beating the record for most points scored in a premier league. The previous owners of this record, Chelsea, scored 95 points in total back in 2005. Manchester United have 5 games left, and if they win them all they will finish the league with 96 points; a new record.

At the moment, Aston Villa are only 3 points ahead of Wigan who are just behind them in the league table and also looking to get out of the relegation zone. Aston Villa could really do with a win tonight, but it’s likely that Manchester United will be walking away with the trophy just under a month early.

Naturally, we’re going to place a few cheeky wagers on this match in the hope of seeing something come from it; here’s what we’ll be betting. All of our bets have been placed through William Hill, so if you’re inspired by our choices then sign up with them here.

  • We reckon Man U will win 3-0 so we’re putting £10 on that, with any luck we’ll get paid out £80.
  • Wayne Rooney’s always a good choice, so we’re putting down £20 that he’ll score the first goal for Man U. We’re looking at a return of £90 for this one.
  • My boss thinks Aston Villa might surprise everyone, so I’m betting a steak dinner that he’s wrong (I hope he’s wrong, I haven’t had steak in ages).

The Red Devils And The Villa

Naturally, we wish both teams the best of luck (although we’re trying to wish more luck towards Man U, nothing personal). Who knows, we might see the Premier League winners tonight, or we could see a shock turn of events; either way, it’ll probably be a good match that you don’t want to miss out on.

Comment below and let us know what bets you’ve made!

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Place Bets With Paddy Power For 2014 FIFA World Cup

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We are almost a mere year away from the 2014 Fifa World Cup which will be held in Brazil. We’ve been looking at the odds and trying to decide where our money’s going, so we thought maybe you’d want to do the same.

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The group betting odds look like this:

Group A Winner

Team Odds
Belgium 5/6
Croatia 6/5
Serbia 15/2
Macedonia 150/1
Scotland 200/1
Wales 200/1

Group B Winner

Team Odds
Italy 1/6
Czech Republic 11/2
Denmark 12/1
Bulgaria 16/1
Armenia 500/1
Malta 5,000/1

Group C Winner

Team Odds
Germany 1/7
Sweden 9/2
Ireland 16/1
Austria 80/1
Faroe Islands 5,000/1
Kazakhstan 5,000/1

Group D Winner

Team Odds
Holland 1/14
Romania 10/1
Hungary 14/1
Turkey 33/1
Estonia 5,000/1
Andorra 5,000/1

Group E Winner

Team Odds
Switzerland 8/11
Norway 11/8
Slovenia 12/1
Iceland 25/1
Albania 66/1
Cyprus 175/1

Group G Winner

Team Odds
Greece 5/4
Bosnia 13/10
Slovakia 7/2
Lithuania 80/1
Latvia 80/1
Liechtenstein 3,000/1

Group H Winner

England 1/3
Montenegro 6/1
Poland 13/2
Ukraine 8/1
Moldova 1,000/1
San Marino 5,000/1

Group I Winner

Spain 2/5
France 7/4
Finland 500/1
Belarus 500/1
Georgia 500/1

You can also look at who will qualify and who won’t qualify, or you can place bets on who you think will be the champions. If you want to see more of what Paddy power has to offer then head to their website now to take a look around!

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Predict The Winner And Get Free Spins From 888 Sport!

I bet you want a nice and quick promotion that you can win from your wagering skills. Well, the match between Manchester United and Real Madrid is tonight at 7:45pm, and 888 Sport are giving you the chance to not only win some money from the game, but also some free spins on their slot machines!

If you deposit any amount of cash into your account by midnight tonight and enter one of two codes, you’ll be eligible to win 10 free spins on the slot game ‘Cash Goals’.

If you think Manchester United will win, use the code ‘CHAMP1’.

If you think Real Madrid will win, use the code ‘CHAMP2’.

If you’re one of the first 100 people to use the code for the winning team, you’ll receive 10 free spins. Your winnings from these free spins are limited to £25, unless you win the jackpot, in which case you’re allowed to keep the lot!

Spin On It

You’re not going to be winning anything if you don’t sign up with 888 Sport. Use your betting skills to predict who will win tonight, and maybe even place some money on the game. You’ll soon see yourself with free spins and a wallet brimming with money!

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