Everton and Spurs make waves with Saha and Johnson deals

Jan 31, 2012

David Moyes and Harry Redknapp in the thick of it on transfer deadline day

SPURS and Everton were centre stage on transfer deadline day as rumours about their strikeforces dominated the gossip columns and social networking sites.

The biggest rumour concerned the future of Everton striker Louis Saha, who was unexpectedly linked to a move to White Hart Lane. The 33-year-old has hardly been in scintilliating form for the Toffeees this season so the possible switch was regarded as a surprise.

Going the other way was, depending on who you believe, Steven Pienaar, the former Everton man who joined Spurs a year ago, or long-serving Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.

However, Defoe could also be heading to another Merseyside club, Liverpool. There were strong rumours on Twitter all day that the former West Ham man is Anfield-bound.

Spurs were also said to be finalising a permanent deal with Manchester City for on-loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor. That news also prompted speculation that Defoe could be heading for the Etihad Stadium as a makeweight.

By mid-afternoon it was being rumoured that Harry Redknapp was also about to swoop for Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, who is out of contract at the end of the season. The Colombian had been expected to move to Fulham, but Andy Johnson refused to head in the other direction.

Meanwhile at Everton, David Moyes is poised to land Manchester City and England winger Adam Johnson on loan for the duration of the campaign.

Earlier in the day he landed the Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic from Rangers for £7m. The news of the arrival of at least one new striker and possibly two midfielders was widely hailed by Everton fans as a masterstroke from Moyes.

"This could be a great day for Everton. Moyes keeps working miracles," wrote Toffees fan Matthew Duffy on Twitter.

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