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Flurry of transfers as deadline looms

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LONDON, England, January 31 – A flurry of last-minute transfers were being brokered across English football on Tuesday as clubs moved to bolster their squads in the final few hours of the January window.

Premier League side Sunderland completed a loan deal for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge while struggling Queens Park Rangers were set to confirm the signing of French striker Djibril Cisse.

Cisse, who currently plays for Lazio, was undergoing a medical at QPR, who were also linked with a £5 million move for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora, according to Sky Sports.

Meanwhile Everton confirmed a fee had been agreed with Scottish giants Rangers for Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic.

The 26-year-old international was seen at Everton’s Finch Farm training complex where he was reportedly discussing personal terms and undergoing a medical following agreement of an £8 million fee.

“Everton can confirm a fee has been agreed with Rangers for the transfer of Croatian international Nikica Jelavic,” Everton confirmed on their website ahead of the Toffees clash with Manchester City later Tuesday.

Jelavic has scored 36 goals in 55 matches for Rangers since joining from Rapid Vienna in 2010 but had been keen to pursue a career in English football.

Meanwhile Manchester United were set to finally part company with youngster Ravel Morrison, the highly rated 18-year-old youth player who has failed to establish himself at Old Trafford.

Morrison is regarded as one of the most promising youth players ever to pass through the Manchester United ranks but the club has reportedly lost patience amid ongoing problems in his private life.

Morrison was undergoing a medical with Championship side West Ham with a deal set to be concluded later tuesday.

“The deal is not quite done yet but we are hopeful it will be completed,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce told the London Evening Standard.

“Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way.

“Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent.”

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill meanwhile said he hoped the capture of Bridge would solve the club’s long-running vacancy at left-back.

The 31-year-old has played only 58 times for City since joining from Chelsea in 2009, and has appeared for the club just once this season.

“I’m hoping that with Wayne’s undoubted experience and ability he can be a big help to the team until the end of the season,” Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill told the club’s official website.

Accounting giants Deloitte meanwhile reported in an initial analysis of the January window that transfer spending had reached £35 million as of 0945 GMT on Tuesday, compared to £90 million at the same stage last year.

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