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Carroll and Torres move for cool £85m

Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll were at the centre of a remarkable series of transfers last night, as Chelsea closed in on a British-record £50m deal to take Torres to Stamford Bridge and Liverpool made their move to bring Carroll from Newcastle United to form a £57m strike partnership with Luis Suarez, whose move from Ajax was rubber-stamped during a frenetic end to the transfer window in England’s top division.

As Chelsea upped their offer for Torres, who had put in a transfer request at Anfield after Liverpool rejected a £35m bid from the champions on Friday, it was revealed that Liverpool had on Sunday made an offer for Carroll, the England internationalist. After rejecting an improved offer of over £35m yesterday morning, Carroll also requested a transfer and Newcastle decided to accept Liverpool’s bid.

Newcastle made no moves to replace Carroll last night, although the former Manchester City midfielder, Stephen Ireland, joined from Aston Villa on loan and they failed in a late £10m bid for Charles N’Zogbia, the Wigan Athletic midfielder.

Chelsea were also closing in on the Benfica defender David Luiz for a fee of around £26m, despite the Portuguese club insisting last week that the deal was dead and buried. That deal was being closed out in Portugal as the clock ticked down on the transfer window.

Liverpool renewed their pursuit of Charlie Adam, Blackpool’s Scotland midfielder. Adam, too, had handed in a transfer request, but late last night the two clubs could not reach agreement over a fee. Blackpool – who completed the loan signing of James Beattie from Rangers – had already turned down two bids for their captain, although Tottenham also made a late approach.

Liverpool were at the centre of the first major piece of business this morning when Paul Konchesky, after an unhappy start to his Anfield career, made a loan move to Nottingham Forest.

Bolton clinched the loan signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea until the end of the season, the striker’s first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge all but disappearing with the arrival of Torres. Perhaps just as importantly for Owen Coyle, the Bolton manager, they retained their Swedish striker, Johan Elmander.

The former Newcastle striker, Obafemi Martins, joined Alex McLeish’s Birmingham City on loan from Russian club Rubin Kazan, while Aston Villa confirmed the loan signing of the American internationalist Michael Bradley from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Fulham loaned the former Barcelona striker, Eidur Gudjohnsen, from Stoke, until the end of the season, at which point the Iceland internationalist will be a free agent.


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