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Falcao to Arsenal, United, City or Real, Harry Redknapp will buy four (but not wheel or deal), Spurs want Rodriguez...

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FALCAO TO GO SOMEWHERE
The doubters said that it couldn't be done, but they were proved wrong. Of course a rumour of a £55m move can be generated with less than 24 hours of the transfer window remaining, if you all believe enough.

The one thing no-one can agree on is where Monaco's Colombian striker will actually end up. The Daily Mirror have gone for the story that Manchester City will buy him should they be able to sell Alvaro Negredo to Valencia, whilst the Guardian add that Arsenal have also been offered the forward.

And then there is the small case of Real Madrid, who have been thought to be in pole position to sign him throughout this summer. Oh yes, and Manchester United, who are the favourites with the bookmakers to make a deal happen. Apparently Falcao just can't wait to play as a holding midfielder.


HARRY REDKNAPP TO BE BUSY

He definitely isn't a wheeler dealer, no siree, but Harry Redknapp promises to quite busy on this deadline day. I know, I know, it's an odd thought.

Even taking the stories just from the Daily Mirror alone, it promises to be a day on which Redknapp wouldn't have time to read through the small print on his contracts even if he wanted to. They predict that Jermain Defoe will be returning to England, with QPR also keen on Spurs duo Aaron Lennon and Sandro, West Ham midfielder Mo Diame and Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

Presumably they just forgot to include Niko Kranjcar as some sort of administrative oversight.


RODRIGUEZ/SCHNEIDERLIN SWAP

After the defeat to Liverpool yesterday, Spurs supporters will be wary of their club pressing the panic button on deadline day, but there is little doubt that, with Roberto Soldado almost entirely unwanted, a new striker is needed to provide back-up to Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Independent believe that Jay 'erm, isn't he out until 2015' Rodriguez will be the answer, with Spurs prepared to complete an exchange deal with Andros Townsend. Daniel Levy could face charges over reports that he rejected a £12m offer for Townsend from last week, such is the lunacy of such a decision.

Nothing like buying a striker injured for four months to set the pulses racing on the final day of footballing summer.


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