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DONE DEALS (so far): Early deals on transfer deadline day

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It’s. Transfer. Deadline. Day. (Finally.)

Following the conclusion of seven Premier League fixtures (at roughly 5 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, be sure to tune in to the live transfer roundup show, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

The following deals have already been completed and confirmed, as of 8:30 a.m. ET…

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  • A pair of Toffees, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo (for a combined fee of more than $10 million), have traded Goodison Park for the Stadium of Light, where they’ll rejoin former Everton boss David Moyes, now in charge of relegation-threatened Sunderland. Fellow former Toffees to also move to Wearside this season include Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe.
  • Hull City have acquired 28-year-old center back Andrea Ranocchia, via loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

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  • Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor (free agent) has signed for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
  • Former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba will join Adebayor in Turkey, where the 31-year-old has opted for a return to Besiktas, on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua.

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Adebayor says he may not play for Togo at African Cup

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LOME, Togo (AP) Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has suggested he won’t be available for the African Cup of Nations if he is still without a club and out-of-practice by next month.

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Adebayor hasn’t played club football since leaving England’s Crystal Palace in June and has been criticized in Togo for being unfit and not match sharp when playing for the national team.

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Adebayor said in a radio interview in Togo: “If I feel that I am not ready to go to the next African Cup of Nations, I will not … This is a national team and it must go to the African Cup of Nations with players who are fit and ready.”

Adebayor said he may attend the tournament in January “to support my teammates and not to play.”

Moyes disinterested in Adebayor despite lack of Sunderland attacking depth

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Injuries have struck Sunderland up front, but manager David Moyes has turned a Premier League veteran in spite of the team’s struggles.

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According to the Black Cats boss, the team had the chance to sign the veteran Togo striker several weeks back, however, Moyes declined the opportunity.

“We were offered Adebayor probably about four or five weeks ago,” Moyes said. “I didn’t do anything about it then and I don’t expect to be doing anything about it just now unless something dramatically changes.”

With Jermain Defoe expected back from injury over the weekend against Crystal Palace, Moyes’ options run thin up front. Defoe remains the club’s no. 1 choice at striker, however, Victor Anichebe and Swedish teenager Joel Asoro also remain in the mix for playing time.

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Adebayor most recently spent time with Palace in 2016, over the second half of last season’s Premier League campaign, but has shown steady decline since his successful days in England’s top flight. The 32-year-old remains unattached to a team at this point after a move to Lyon fell through recently.

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace: Out of nothing, Bolasie snares a point

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  • Sanchez scores before halftime
  • Bolasie nabs one late
  • Arsenal attempts 20 shots
  • Palace puts three on goal

Yannick Bolasie‘s late goal helped Crystal Palace steal a point from Emirates Stadium despite near complete dominance from Arsenal in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez scored the Gunners’ only goal to give Arsenal a lead just before halftime, but the club’s second goal never arrived at the Emirates.

The draw puts Arsenal in fourth place, four ahead of fifth place Manchester United and level with Manchester City. The Gunners’ goal differential is six goals inferior to City.

Palace sits 16th with 39 points.

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Quite simply, there wasn’t much to like about the opening half hour. Manager Alan Pardew set Palace up to clutter their own third, and Arsenal had little success in finding a way through the Eagles.

At one point near the end of the first 20 minutes, Arsenal was carrying a remarkable 86 percent of possession. Yet aside from a few set piece chances, including a deflected Alexis Sanchez shot, there wasn’t much to entertain until quite close to halftime. That’s when Wayne Hennessey made a pair of in-tight saves.

The goal came in the first minute of stoppage, and it was Sanchez. The forward headed a wonderfully-scooped pass from Danny Welbeck past Hennessey to make it 1-0.

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The second half was more Arsenal, opening up a bit after Mile Jedinak came off for Bakary Sako. Ozil sailed another free kick just wide in the 59th minute.

It all seemed on cruise control for Arsenal, even as Palace sub Emmanuel Adebayor dribbled down the left flank. When the ball came to Yannick Bolasie, it was still ho-hum.

Then Bolasie hit the low ball, near post, past Petr Cech. That’s not what you expect from the legendary keeper, but things were shockingly level.

Adebayor: “If I score against Spurs, trust me, I’m going to celebrate”

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Emmanuel Adebayor has never crossed a bridge he’s not happy to burn to the ground once safely across to the other side. Sometimes he doesn’t even wait that long.

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So it comes as absolutely no surprise that Crystal Palace’s newest forward is relishing Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, his latest former stomping grounds as of his release from contract in September.

How much is Adebayor looking forward to his chance to stick it to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who’m he says “made everything complicated” with regard to his departure from north London? Let’s let Ade have the honor of telling us — quotes from the Guardian:

“If I score against Tottenham, trust me, I am going to celebrate because I am on the pitch to score. If I was going to score and not celebrate, trust me, I will tell the manager I would rather not play. What is the point of being on the pitch and scoring goals and not celebrating?”

“With the club itself, it wasn’t a good relationship with the chairman, Daniel Levy, as he made everything complicated. But at the end of the day, I know where I am from and if you want something, you have to stand strong for it, and I stand strong for what I think.

“My relationship with Pochettino was beautiful. I think we have a very, very good relationship with man-to-man conversations. We always talk and he told me at the time: ‘Emmanuel, I can’t count on you anymore,’ and I understood that. I realized my time at Tottenham was over and I moved on.”

First things first, Adebayor couldn’t be more right to celebrate his goal on Sunday, should he score one. Clubs show players no more loyalty than players do clubs these days, and Palace is the club paying his wages now; a player’s career only lasts so long and should be enjoyed as such; not to mention, Adebayor hardly endeared himself to Spurs fans during his four seasons at the club.

We’re talking about a man who once upon a time ran the length of the field in order to celebrate in front of his former club’s fans. Adebayor is a troll, and a beautiful one at that. Of course he’s going to celebrate on Sunday like it’s the first goal he’s ever scored, and whatever you think of him, he’d be doing his current club and fans a disservice if he didn’t.