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Yet Another Corruption Scandal Hits Italian Football While Deadline Day Reporter Hits Back And More
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1. Transfer round up
Joao Teixeira, Benfica to Vitoria Guimaraes, on loan
Seydou Doumbia, AS Roma to Newcastle United, on loan
Rohan Ince, Brighton & Hove Albion to Fulham, on loan
Bruno Zuculini, Manchester City to AEK Athens, on loan
Patrick Roberts, Manchester City to Celtic, on loan
Martin Montoya, Barcelona to Real Betis, on loan
Alex Pritchard, Tottenham Hotspur to West Bromwich Albion, on loan
Fabio Quagliarella, Torino to Sampdoria, on loan
Alexander Milosevic, Besiktas to Hannover 96, on loan
Stephane Badji, Basaksehir to RSC Anderlecht, £1.4m
Leonardo Gatto, Atalanta to Salernitana, on loan
Nicky Hunt, Mansfield Town to Leyton Orient, undisclosed fee
Miguel de las Cuevas, released by Spezia
Stefano Napoleoni, Atromitos Athen to Basaksehir, £280,000
Valentin Lavigne, FC Lorient to Stade Laval, on loan
Mike van Duinen, Fortuna Dusseldorf to Roda JC, on loan
Diego Perotti, Genoa to AS Roma, on loan (£700,000 fee)
Nick Proschwitz, SC Paderborn to Sint-Truiden, free
Georgi Zotov, released by Anzhi Makhachkala
Hernan Barcos, Tianjin Teda to Sporting, undisclosed fee
Kuca, Karabukspor to Rio Ave, on loan
Joao Vitor, Maldonado to Ponte Preta, on loan
Amir Hadziahmetovic, Zeljeznicar to Konyaspor, £350,000
Simone Verdi, AC Milan to Carpi, on loan
Antonio Mazzotta, AC Cesena to Pescara, on loan
Abdelhamid El Kaoutari, Palermo to Reims, on loan
Nikola Djurdjic, FC Augsburg to Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan
Zakaria Labyad, Sporting to Fulham, on loan
Vlad Achim, FC Viitorul to Voluntari, free
Lamine Diarra, Antalyaspor to Goztepe, on loan
Ozgur Cek, unattached to Alanyaspor
Eder, Swansea City to LOSC Lille, on loan
Ishak Dogan, Trabzonspor to Eskisehirspor, on loan
Deniz Yilmaz, Trabzonspor to Bursaspor, undisclosed fee
Facundo Castillon, Racing Club to Gimnasia, on loan
Hadi Sacko, Sporting to FC Sochaux, on loan
Juan Manuel Torres, ? To Chaco For Ever, free
Dmytro Lepa, Metalist Kharkov to Puskas AFC, free

2. Deadline day just got better





3. Rangers complete O'Halloran signing
Rangers have swooped to get Celtic supporter Michael O'Halloran from St Johnstone for a fee of £500,000. Having had a number of bids rejected, the Glasgow giants upped their bid to seal the signature of the jet heeled winger on a four and a half year deal. O'Halloran had been moving around the lower leagues in England, on loans from Bolton Wanderers before eventually returning to Scotland to join Saints on a free at the start of the season. This season he has made 26 appearances and scored 5 goals and added 11 assists.

4. Celtic have sent Ciftci out on loan
Summer signing Nadir Ciftci, who arrived at Celtic from Dundee United for £1.5m, has struggled badly since joining the Hoops. Now he has headed off to Turkey to join Eskisehirspor on loan for the rest of the season. So far this season, the striker has just 4 goals in 22 appearances. This is his second spell playing in Turkey, after moving to Kayserispor from Portsmouth back in 2011.



5. Blades release striker
Sheffield United have released their Scouse striker Michael Higdon. The 32 year old began his career with Crewe Alexandra before a move north of the border where he enjoyed most of his success with Scottish clubs Falkirk, Motherwell and St Mirren. A short spell with NEC Nijmegen in Netherlands was followed by a return to the north west of England with Sheffield United. His spell in the Scottish Premiership saw him notch 73 goals in 195 games.

6. Hearts make changes
Heart of Midlothian have given their midfield a slight tweak as one comes in and one heads out. Margaro Gomis heads off for a loan spell with Motherwell, which will run until the end of the season. To replace him, ex-Scotland international Don Cowie has come in, following his release from Wigan Athletic. Cowie will be competing for a midfield berth with Prince Buaben, Arnaud Djoum and Miguel Pallardo.



7. Stevenage get rid of their Teddy boy
Stevenage are struggling along in 19th place in League Two, which has led to the sacking of their manager Teddy Sheringham. Sheringham only replaced Graham Westley in the summer but has been unable to get the team up and away from fears of relegation and has only picked up 3 points in the last 8 matches. "Teddy has had the worst luck I've seen in the 16 years I've owned the football club," said the chairman, Phil Wallace, in a statement. "Normally we'd have one or two major ops on key players in a season but we've had more this season than the last three combined. You also occasionally lose points in the last few minutes of games but we've been in this situation in four of the last eight matches. However, we are where we are and the club have to make a change. Teddy came in having to work on a lower budget than we've had before and the lack of available funds has made it difficult to get the players he'd like. He's given it his all but it hasn't worked and now we have to thank him for his efforts and move on." The statement just makes it bizarre that he has been sacked, if it is down to bad luck and a reduced budget, what more does he think a manager can do? Sometimes chairmen just make no sense! First team coach Darren Sarll has been appointed caretaker manager.

8. Bayern move to replace Boateng
Bayern Munich have been hit badly by defensive injuries this season, but the latest blow was losing main man Jerome Boateng for three months with a groin injury. On finding out the German international is likely to miss the rest of the season, the club immediately began its search for a replacement. Now the Bundesliga leaders have found one in the shape of Spartak Moscow defender Serdar Tasci on loan for the rest of the season. Tasci joined Spartak from Stuttgart, so is very used to German football. "We're delighted at the opportunity to bring a player like Serdar Tasci to FC Bayern at short notice," Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer told their official website. "Thanks to his quality and experience, he's in a position to help us at once."



9. Odemwingie rejects deadline day move away from Stoke
Perhaps fearing being stranded in a car park on deadline day once again, Nigerian attacker Peter Odemwingie has rejected a deadline day move away from Stoke City. Potters manager Mark Hughes had revealed in his pre-match press conference, ahead of Tuesday's trip to face his former club Manchester United, that the striker had been given permission to talk to a club but turned down the opportunity to join them. Odemwingie has made just 7 appearances this season, and the loan to Marseille would have given him more chances, which are likely to be limited at Stoke, with them now out of both cup competitions. With his contract set to run out at the end of the season, it would have been a good chance for him to keep his value up when he moves in the summer.

10. New corruption scandal hits Italian football
It has been a few years since the last corruption scandal rocked Italian football, so one was probably overdue. This time wiretaps have been leaked which implicate 3 clubs, numerous media companies and the Coppa Italia. All because of an investigation into the selection process for Italian football's broadcasting rights. A transcript of conversations between high level officials in Serie A and various Italian and international media companies discussed appropriating the rights to broadcast the Coppa Italia and restructuring TV contracts for personal gain. It is nothing other than par for the course in Italian football sadly.

Written by Tris Burke

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