Deadline Day Transfer Rumor Roundup: 11th hour edition

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Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind to Manchester United. Hull City’s shattering their transfer record to do business with Palermo for Abel Hernandez. Rumors of an Andros Townsend and money swap for Jay Rodriguez.

Wow. Exhale. Inhale again… and indulge in one last sprint through the rumor mill ahead of the 6pm ET deadline for business.

QPR’s move to pick up Jermain Defoe — and the player’s desire to return to London — may have to wait until January, according to the BBC. The British outlet says both QPR chair Tony Fernandes wants the striker just as much as they striker want him, but Toronto FC isn’t ready to sacrifice their season-ticket selling point in the middle of an MLS playoff chase. It’s a double-whammy for QPR, who have not been able to convince Fabio Borini to leave Liverpool for Loftus Road.

Meanwhile the Falcao loan could mean Danny Welbeck is free to leave, but could a move to rivals Arsenal really go down? A $5 million loan deal could turn into a $35 million buy if things all work out for Welbeck and Wenger. The Daily Mail says it’s on.

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Sky Sports sources are reporting that mercurial Newcastle wizard Hatem Ben Arfa could be making a loan move to Hull City. The Frenchmen has had his fair share of struggles with Alan Pardew, but could the Magpies really give up that piece of attacking flair (especially if Pardew’s seat and job status aren’t exactly cool right now). Could it be the arrival that moves Hull ahead of teams like Newcastle in the PL pecking order?

Manchester United had apparently found a home for Tom Cleverley at a transfer fee they liked, but that was apparently before Aston Villa learned just how much money the Englishmen wanted in wages.

Arsenal have made a move, but it’s a departure — don’t you hate when writers do that? Twenty-one year-old defender Ignasi Miquel moves to Norwich City on a three-year deal.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)