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Deadline day proved a hive of activity as football players switched clubs all across the United Kingdom.

Helicopters took off and landed at training grounds the length and breadth of the country flying players to their new clubs.

Under-fire Arsenal were desperate to strengthen their squad and have had a £10m ($13m) bid for Everton’s Mikel Arteta accepted with the Spaniard heading to North London.

Yossi Benayoun looked likely to join the Gooners on loan from Chelsea but Stamford Bridge target Luka Modric trained with his Tottenham team mates making a deal unlikely.

One player heading to Spurs was Scott Parker from West Ham while Peter Crouch was out of the door, destined to join Stoke City who also secured the signing of Birmingham’s Cameron Jerome.

Big spending Manchester City did little business on the final day of the summer transfer window – there only signing being Owen Hargreaves on a free from rivals United.

Liverpool who have also spent big during the summer were in talks with old boy Craig Bellamy.

The Welsh international was in the North West for a medical with his former club who were likely to secure a loan deal or even free transfer for the striker who is currently on Manchester City’s books.

Anfield flop Joe Cole, who has failed to impress at Liverpool, left on loan to French side Lille. Reds striker David N’Gog also moved to pastures new, joining Bolton Wanderers for around £5m ($7.5m).

Christian Poulson also left Liverpool for France, joining Evian on a free transfer.

New Premier team Queen’s Park Rangers were in the hunt for Bellamy after securing a deal for Anton Ferdinand from Sunderland.

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