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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.

 

WATCH: World Cup, Day 8 — Argentina on the edge; France aims for berth

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France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.

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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.

That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.

Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20

Group C
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group D
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Halted World Cup flip-throw heard around the world

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Milad Mohammadi knew the time was right for something special, but special isn’t always good.

And good is a subjective term. Cause to us this is very good, Milad.

The Iranian national team defender failed with a flip-throw bid in the final moments of a 1-0 loss to Spain on Wednesday at the World Cup in Russia.

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And this wasn’t like he illegally flipped or broke some other rule. No, like a kid trying an audacious jump into the deep end, Akhmat Grozny star Mohammadi just bailed and climbed in from the side (so to speak).

The kiss, the look skyward, the headbutt… all integral parts of a wonderful World Cup moment.

Renard, Morocco ‘very proud’ of unlucky national team

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If you would’ve told Morocco fans or their manager, Herve Renard, that they’d outshoot and outpossess both Iran and Portugal at World Cup, their next question would probably be, “So do we need to do against Spain to win Group B?”

Alas, Morocco lost a pair of 1-0 decisions to become the first team knocked out of the 2018 World Cup.

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The Lions of Atlas fell to Iran in their opener on a stoppage time own goal after carrying 64 percent possession and a 13-8 advantage in shot attempts, then lost to a Cristiano Ronaldo fourth minute goal on Wednesday despite a 16-10 shot advantage and 53 percent of the ball.

“I’m very proud of the performance and I am very proud of my players, I’m very proud of this country,” Renard said.

With no hope of advancing to the next round, the manager is finding the experience bittersweet. From RTE:

“What I am sure of at this moment is that the entire Moroccan people is proud of this team. Of course it’s easier to play with a player who has one chance and he puts it away. But we are in Morocco.

“We have quality players. Despite the ups and downs of the game, we should have been more effective. Because, like in the first game, we had plenty of chances. I won’t blame anyone. That’s football. It’s always those who know how to be present in the box, the most gifted players, who make the difference. We took a lot of risks and we didn’t get our reward.”

It’s unlikely Morocco will hold either of those statistical advantages against Spain, especially a Spanish side yet to qualify, but there is plenty to like from the tournament aside from poor finishing quality.

But the performances of 19-year-olds Amine Harit (Schalke) and Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid) — not to mention Hakim Ziyech (25, Ajax) — seem to hint at a promise for 2022. And Renard’s men can still play spoiler for Spain, which is no small shockwave.

Queiroz: Iran has one ‘match point’ left in World Cup group stage

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Iran manager Carlos Queiroz isn’t going to let his tournament be defined by one win or one loss, especially with a massive moment on the horizon.

Iran fell 1-0 to Spain on Wednesday, days after defeating Morocco in its World Cup opener. Team Melli was denied its equalizer despite VAR review thanks to an offside, and failed in several other bids to level the score.

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Now Queiroz and his men need a win over Portugal to qualify for the first knockout stage in its five World Cup history.

“We showed that we were ready to suffer and ready to compete. I felt we deserved a better result. There’s no doubt Spain play wonderful, stylish football but I thought we deserved more for the way we played.

“But congratulations to Fernando Hierro and Spain. We will learn a lot from this game. If you think of it like tennis, we had one match point today and we will have another against Portugal. Everything is still open. We are still alive and still dreaming.”

What chance do you give Iran of getting over on Portugal, who only topped a dominant Morocco side via a terrific designed play executed to perfection by Cristiano Ronaldo?

The odds are in Portugal’s favor, if only for its experience in tight games on massive stages. Well, perhaps the better “if only” would be to say if only for Ronaldo. Either way…