All the smart money was on a move to Liverpool or Dempsey staying put. Liverpool in a bizarre twist offered no better than £5m which was actually worse than Villa's offer of £5m plus £2m at the end of the season. Villa were the first club to start the Dempsey roller coaster in the beginning of the day.
Dempsey rejected a move to Villa which is when Liverpool came knocking or should we say came to stick their tongues out and go nyah nyah. Fulham would not be insulted which is when Spurs came up with a late offer and it has been accepted. Dempsey cost Spurs £6m, which in all likelihood will turn out to be a very good signing.
One had hoped Arsenal would have been in the mix but this transfer deadline has seen them barely register a pulse.
The only interest was Michael Essien going on loan to an undisclosed club. Undisclosed? Arsenal sold Song the other day, Diaby is about a tackle away from being stretchered off for his 1870th consecutive season with an injury. It's Arsenal, its got to be. But Roberto Di Matteo said he would not sell to Arsenal. His club get torn a new hole by Atletico in the European Super Cup and in a revenge motif written by Quentin Tarantino he sends Essien to Atletico's crosstown rivals, Real Madrid.