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LIVE: Transfer Deadline Day – Window closed

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The day has arrived.

Teams looking to make mid-season improvements or jettison want-away players have until 6 p.m. ET to do so, with a flurry of deals set to take place between now and then.

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Arsenal started the day off with a bang, signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a record fee, and there are more deals expected to be completed today, including Olivier Giroud to Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea. In addition, with the World Cup six months away, some other players will be looking for a loan around Europe for more playing time.

And remember, there is a live Deadline Day show on NBCSN and online from 5 p.m. ET today which you can steam by clicking on the link below.

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Let’s get stuck in…

6:10 p.m. ET – The window is closed, but moves can still be announced.

Check back, and tune into our Deadline Day show for all the latest.

Situations to keep an eye on include goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to Newcastle, Benik Afobe loan away from Bournemouth, Andy King moving from Leicester City.


5:39 p.m. ET – Newcastle has apparently sealed a deal for the center forward its needed since last season:


3:30 p.m. ET – Badou Ndiaye has finally been confirmed as a member of Stoke City, the Potters fending off competition from Newcastle United for the $18 million center midfielder. The Galatasaray man’s fee is less than only one other Stoke purchase: Giannelli Imbula


2:40 p.m. ET – A day after stating he needed more experience to cope with the Premier League level, Everton has loaned Ademola Lookman to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Another Englishman moving abroad this year.


2:30 p.m. ET – Here it is! Some transfer drama with just a few hours until the deadline. Lille’s captain Ibrahim Amadou has taken the train to London, hoping to sign with Crystal Palace or West Ham. But an agreement between the clubs and player has not been reached…


2:25 p.m. ET – Some transfer news to catch up on.

Official: Mathieu Debuchy completes a permanent transfer from Arsenal to AS Saint-Etienne. Arsenal also sends Krystian Bielek on loan to Walsall.

Official: Liverpool loan Ovie Ejaria to Sunderland.

Called off: Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s proposed loan to Anderlecht has fallen through, per Sky Sports.


2:10 p.m. ET – Newcastle has loaned Rolando Aarons to Hellas Verona in Serie A through the end of the season.


2:05 p.m. ET – In news that may interest some El Tri fans, Mexican centerback Hector Moreno is set to complete a move from AS Roma to Real Sociedad.


2 p.m. ET – A couple of Watford notes. Stefano Okaka is set to remain with the club, but Ben Watson is moving on-loan to Nottingham Forest FC until the end of the season.

The club also announced the signing of Swedish 19-year-old goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg, loaning him back to IFK Goteborg through the summer.


1:56 p.m. ET – Oh look, another Arsenal player leaves on-loan. This time it’s Chuba Akpom to Sint-Truiden in Belgium.

1:50 p.m. ET – Mesut Ozil is getting in on the fun. Doesn’t look like an Arsenal contract down there though…


1:45 p.m. ET – Another DONE DEAL! Lucas Moura is officially a member of Tottenham. And it appears this deal has been done for a while, considering how much time Moura and his teammates have had to work on their handshake routines.


1:30 p.m. ET – Well, it’s a bit of a change from the earlier reports, but the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson fills us in on the Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City saga…


1:25 p.m. ET – In case you forgot, in addition to the transfer window craziness, there’s also *SEVEN* Premier League matches tonight. Our Joe Prince-Wright is at Wembley Stadium for Tottenham vs. Manchester United. Should be a good one.


1:22 p.m. ET – With Emerson Palmieri signing for Chelsea, AS Roma has gone back to South America for a replacement left back, signing Argentine native Jonathan Silva from Sporting Lisbon for $7.5 million.


1:20 p.m. ET – Another Arsenal player is on the move. Jeff Reine-Adelaide is back in France, joining Angers on loan.

1:15 p.m. ET – L’Equipe is reporting that Tottenham is paying $34.8 million with an additional $5 million in bonuses.


1:05 p.m. ET – Looks like Michy Batshuayi is having fun in Germany already.


12:50 p.m. ET – Catching up in the Premier League…

Eliaquim Mangala has a loan deal agreed with Everton, per Sky Sports, and Watford has signed Didier Ndong on loan with an option to buy from Sunderland.


12:45 p.m. ET – Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid midfielder Augusto Fernandez has joined Chinese club Beijing Renhe and Englishman John Bostock has left RC Lens to join Bursaspor.

In addition, former Arsenal striker Niklas Bendtner has turned down a move to join Bordeaux to stay with Rosenborg in Norway.


12:30 p.m. ET – According to the Mirror, Yaya Toure has turned down big-money offers from China in order to stay in Manchester and help Man City attempt the quadruple.


12:15 p.m. ET – Where’s he headed? One day after terminating the contract of Samuel Eto'o, Turkish club Antalyaspor terminated today the contract of Samir Nasri, just six months after signing him to a two-year contract.


12:10 p.m. ET – More news of Arsenal departures. Backup right back Mathieu Debuchy is reportedly headed back to his native France to join AS Saint-Etienne.


12:05 p.m. ET – Another Done Deal: Michy Batshuayi heads to Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the season. That’s what we call a three-team trade.


12:03 p.m. ET – WOW. Here’s some big news. Pep Guardiola‘s attempts to sign Riyad Mahrez have been rebuffed, and it appears Man City has exited that race as it did for Alexis Sanchez.


Noon ET – Now it’s official. Another Done Deal. West Ham’s Reece Oxford is back on loan for the rest of the season with Borussia Monchengladbach.


11:50 a.m. ET – DONE DEAL. Olivier Giroud, hours after featuring for Arsenal at Swansea City, is now a Blue. Signs for Chelsea on an 18-month contract and should get more playing time.

11:45 a.m. ET – Catching up here. Watford’s Isaac Success moves away on loan to Malaga. Lewis Grabban is headed to Aston Villa in the Championship from Bournemouth, and West Ham target Leon Dendoncker didn’t take part in Anderlecht training and could be leaving the club.


11:40 a.m. ET – Interesting note here for Arsenal fans. Of course, they’ve added Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month alone.


11:35 a.m. ET – One to watch for the future. FC Basel announces it has promoted and signed 17-year-old Noah Okafor to a new contract and handed him the 11 shirt. Okafor scored two goals and set up four others during the group stage of the UEFA Youth League this past fall.


11:25 a.m. ET – Lucas Moura watch! The Paris Saint-Germain winger has reportedly finally completed his move to Tottenham, signing a contract this morning. Thus ends Lucas Moura watch.


11:15 a.m. ET – Lots to catch up on. Olivier Giroud’s deal from Arsenal to Chelsea is nearly complete, per many reports. Sounds like he’ll be moving for $25.5 million. In addition, there’s more reporting on Arsenal looking to sign a last-minute defender. Either David Luiz or AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas.

Lastly, our old friend Demba Ba has signed for Goztepe in Turkey.


10:50 a.m. ET – Javier Pastore, who was expected to leave as Paris Saint-Germain has to deal with the ramifications of Financial Fair Play, will be staying in Paris for the time being, per his agent.


10:37 a.m. ET – Swansea City is about to reunite the Ayew brothers. Reports are that the club is close to a deal with for Andre Ayew worth $25-28 million.


10:27 a.m. ET – Here’s some intrigue. David Luiz to Arsenal in the Olivier Giroud swap. Arsenal really taking a book out of American sports teams with their trades this window.

10:20 a.m. ET – Well well. Apparently David Moyes isn’t prepared to make Reece Oxford a part of his first-team squad. The youngster is set to move back on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach.


10:12 a.m. ET – Manchester City has reportedly made a 4th offer for Riyad Mahrez worth more than $92 million plus a player to Leicester City. Will Leicester agree to a deal today?


10:00 a.m. ET – With Slimani coming in, Aleksandar Mitrovic has been deemed surplus to requirements at Newcastle. He’s heading back to his former stomping grounds at Anderlecht.


9:54 a.m. ET – Islam Slimani watch has been going on for hours in Newcastle. He arrived on a private jet just a few minutes ago and has been whisked away to St. James’ Park for a medical ahead of signing for Newcastle. He seems happy here.


9:51 a.m. ET – Arsenal began the day with the big move, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally made the switch to the Gunners. How do you think he’ll adjust to the Premier League?


9:48 a.m. ET – Sandro Ramirez’s time at Everton has likely come to an end, after just 276 minutes. He’s joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season.


9:41 a.m. ET – Who’s ready for the final day of the transfer window. I’m so excited I just can’t take it.

 

CCL wrap: FC Dallas disappoints; Club America struts (video)

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The CONCACAF Champions League returned Tuesday with Toronto FC’s 2-0 quarterfinal first leg win in Colorado, and a trio of ties began Wednesday across Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

[ WATCH: Fred’s vicious free kick ]

Tauro 1-0 FC Dallas

Veteran striker Edwin Aguilar scored a big goal, and goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane did plenty of good things as the Panamanian side struck a wild first blow against its MLS visitors.

Here’s a random fact underscoring how remarkable of a failure this would be for FC Dallas: Only six of Tauro’s roster members have their own Wikipedia page.

Deportivo Saprissa 1-5 Club America

Cecilio Dominguez and Mateus Uribe each bagged a brace, and Renato Ibarra also scored as the tournament’s top team sauntered into and out of Costa Rica on Wednesday. Club America has been to seven CCL finals, and one every single one.

Motagua vs. Club Tijuana — 10 a.m. ET

Honduran hosts hope to have a leg to stand on — pun intended — once the tie heads to Mexico.

West Ham to friendly neighbors Dag & Red: “Will help save our club”

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English Conference Premier side Dagenham and Redbridge has seen better days, and is getting a hand from a Premier League pal.

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West Ham United will pay a visit to Dag & Red as part of the latter’s #SaveTheDaggers campaign, and the March 21 date will cost fans between $7 and $21 to see a top flight side at 6,000-seat Victoria Road.

Dagenham and Redbridge chairman Paul Gwinn said, “It really will help save our club.”

“So please come on down to the Chigwell Construction Stadium for an additional night of football. Bring a friend, or two, or more and we can use the gate takings to help get us back on track,” reads a press release.

Dag & Red was founded in 1992 and climbed as high as League One in 2011, and plays just 2.5 miles from West Ham United’s training ground. Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are among Dag & Red alums in the Premier League.

It’s a terrific gesture from West Ham, and is even more impressive in the United States where the growing club game is increasingly cutthroat (especially between non-synced leagues).

Angry Di Francesco extremely quotable after Roma loss

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AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco absolutely roasted his charges after i Lupi tossed aside a Cenzig Under-inspired lead to fall 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.

Di Francesco had praise for Edin Dzeko, who assisted Under’s goal, as well as goalkeeper Alisson, but was mostly enraged by his side.

[ MORE: Recap + Fred’s vicious free kick ]

Rather than construct a narrative, we’re going to point out our five favorite selections from Di Francesco’s post-match talk.

4) “The difference was that in the first half we tried to hurt them while in the second we were looking to hold on – to what? I don’t know.”

— “To what? I don’t know” is hilarious. Di Francesco’s side has posted some serious wins this season, including killing off Chelsea 3-0 at home and coming back from 2-0 to draw the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He doesn’t preach sitting back.

3) “There were far too many schoolboy errors – even by players with a wealth of international experience.”

— Schoolboy errors!

2) “I saw two completely different teams out there today. There were lots of players I should have taken off after we conceded the first goal.”

— Again, one mistake by a number of players on Facundo Ferreyra is enough for Di Francesco. He’s not just happy to be here.

1) “I can’t imagine we’d get arrogant just because we’re winning an important game. It’s not as if Roma are used to reaching the final every year.”

— When you’re willing to essentially rip an entire club’s history — Roma’s been to just two UCL quarterfinals since losing the final to Liverpool in 1984 — you’re putting your footprints in new cement.

Europa League preview: Rating every second leg

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are one of many teams with their UEFA Europa League fates realistically in the balance come Thursday’s second legs of the Round of 32.

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Aside from a sextet of big teams posting blowouts, there’s still hope for the Round of 16 and a step closer to an automatic berth in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League.

Basically done

Atletico Madrid 4-1 Copenhagen — 1 p.m. ET
Sporting Lisbon 3-1 Astana — 1 p.m. ET
Arsenal 3-0 Ostersund — 3:05 p.m. ET
Milan 3-0 Ludogorets Razgrad — 3:05 p.m. ET
Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Spartak Moscow — 3:05 p.m. ET
Braga 0-3 Marseille — 3:05 p.m. ET

In four of these cases, the heavy favorites emerged with multiple goal leads and at least three away goals.

Actually done

CSKA Moscow beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 on Wednesday to win 1-0 on aggregate.

Unlikely, but big club lurks

RB Leipzig 3-1 Napoli — 1 p.m. ET
Villarreal 1-3 Lyon — 1 p.m. ET

In the case of Napoli, their 3-1 home loss to Leipzig was stunning but it’s impossible to rule out a club with such firepower. Villarreal trails by two to Lyon, but is home and dangerous.

Advantage one side, but anyone’s guess

Lokomotiv Moscow 3-2 Nice — 11 a.m. ET
Lazio 0-1 FCSB — 1 p.m. ET
Zenit Saint-Petersburg 0-1 Celtic — 1 p.m. ET
Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Real Sociedad — 3:05 p.m. ET
Atalanta 2-3 Borussia Dortmund — 3:05 p.m. ET

Salzburg’s two away goals in a draw feels like a one-goal lead, and the one-goal matches are especially interesting. In the case of Atalanta, 1-0 to the Serie A side could undo Michy Batshuayi‘s first leg heroics for BVB.

Wide open

Plzen 1-1 Partizan Belgrade — 1 p.m. ET
Dynamo Kyiv 1-1 AEK Athens — 1 p.m. ET

Yes, nil-nil will get it done for the hosts, but there wasn’t a 0-0 in the entire group of first legs.