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31/08/2010 07:49, Report by Steve Bartram
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The end is nigh. At 18:00 BST on Tuesday, 31 August, the transfer window slams shut, cruelly crushing the fingers of The Gossip. For one more day of our rolling blog, Steve Bartram tracks all the United transfer tittle-tattle...

Running total: 106 in (estimated £1.877billion), 25 out (estimated £174.5million, including loans and swaps)

Tuesday 31 August

22:00 Right, I've left it long enough for any secret deals to come to light, but I believe we can officially call time on United's dealings for this transfer window. And, sadly, that means the end of The Gossip, too. It's been an enjoyable, faintly ludicrous ride for most of the summer, but I've loved it. Thanks to anybody out there who has enjoyed reading. I'll be providing a breakdown tomorrow of the last few months of nudges, winks and whispers, and I'd like to think January may bring another instalment.

18:01 There goes the deadline. Now it's time for the Premier League's annual sift through a mountain of faxes in order to ratify deals. I know, faxes.

16:18 And if you thought the Cleverley deal was done late, caughtoffside.com would have us believe United are leaving another deal right to the last seconds of transfer deadline day. The Reds are apparently set to splash out £16million in a last-gasp move for Standard Liege's Steven Defour. That's £3million more than previously quoted, so it goes on the total. Can't see it happening though.

16:00 Here we have it, confirmation of an actual real genuine football transfer deal taking place on transfer deadline day: Tom Cleverley has joined Wigan Athletic on loan for the remainder of the season.

15:48 We may be seeing some movement on the Tom Cleverley issue, at last. Skysports.com understands that Wigan have agreed a season-long loan deal for the England under-21 international. More news when we have it.

14:22 Deadline day provokes a lot of understanding. Sport.co.uk 'understands' that there's no truth in rumours linking Michael Carrick with a move to Everton, either in a straight

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