Transfer Deadline Day
Thanks for joining us! Relive deadline day:
17:06 | Sky say that the only thing stopping Riyad Mahrez from moving to Manchester City was the transfer fee. The combined offer with the player and the cash totalled to £95m. Man City really wanted the Algerian; they could just not agree on the price.
16:58 | Mahrez had a gentleman’s agreement in place with the Leicester board that he would be allowed to leave if a substantial bid came in for him. He skipped training, again, and handed in a transfer request, again. Going to be really difficult to see how this situation is resolved.
16:55 | Bad news. Man City have given up on signing Algerian international Riyad Mahrez after Leicester reject four bids for the 26-year-old. Disgraceful.
16:41 | More on Slimani now from Sky in England. He has completed the first part of his medical and he will now be moved to a private hospital to complete his medical. The club want him to be at the match against Burnley tonight.
16:18 | Slimani has been spotted in Newcastle ahead of his move to Benitez’s side. He just needs to pass his medical and then the deal will be announced.
16:06 | DONE DEAL! Sofiane Hanni has signed for Russian champions Spartak Moscow, who are currently in the Europa League. He scored a hat-trick for Anderlecht in his final game for the club as captain.
16:00 | DONE DEAL! French club Laval sign Algerian football Florian Makhedjouf after he was released by Tours. They are in the third tier of French football.
15:40 | Riyad Mahrez did not tell anyone at Leicester City about his plans yesterday and today. Manager Claude Puel expected him at training yesterday but he did not turn up without letting the manager know. Leicester had planned tonight with Mahrez in the tactics. Puel had no idea what was going on. It’s hard to see a way back for Mahrez following this story breaking from the Daily Mirror.
15:25 | Leicester City are reportedly considering the offer from Manchester City for a player and £65m. The identity of the player is still unknown.
15:05 | Sky Sports News now report that Man City have made a fourth and final offer for Riyad Mahrez. The offer is £65million plus an unnamed player. If Leicester don’t accept, the deal could be dead.
14:56 | Riyad Mahrez is desperate to leave Leicester City according to the Daily Mail. Man City have submitted multiple bids and will do all they can to sign the player.
14:07 | Abdelmoumene Djabou’s loan move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr Riyadh has an option to buy at the end of the season.
13:52 | Islam Slimani has landed safely in Newcastle, and will undergo a medical this afternoon.
13:37 | Leicester are seemingly now coming to terms with the fact that they could lose Mahrez and are willing to drop down to £65m provided they can find an adequate replacement, according to ESPN FC.
13:31 | Here’s a breaking story we can bring you. Ramy Bensebaini is a target for Spanish team Real Sociedad, as they are looking to replace Inigo Martinez.
13:14 | Sky Sports report that Riyad Mahrez has angered his Leicester City team-mates after refusing to turn up to training yesterday, as well as not travelling with the squad to the Everton match today. They have deemed his actions as unacceptable. Mahrez is said to be annoyed that former title winners N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater have been allowed to leave, but he hasn’t.
13:12 | Back to the big story of the day and Alan Nixon, who first broke the Mahrez to Man City story, reports that the Algerian is essentially begging the owners to let him leave for Manchester. This saga could go right down to the wire.
12:56 | Islam Slimani filmed himself boarding a private jet on Instagram, confirming he is indeed on his way to Newcastle United.
12:35 | Slimani’s deal to Newcastle is close to being confirmed, although the Algerian striker is currently injured and will miss two weeks due to a thigh injury.
11:51 | HLN Sport report that Premier League side Burnley have made a late offer for Algerian midfielder Sofiane Hanni. The Anderlecht captain had a medical last night, but there is shock late interest from Sean Dyche’s side.
11:27 | English newspaper The Daily Telegraph report that Slimani will cost £2m for the loan, and Newcastle will be covering all of his wages.
11:25 | We understand that midfielder Zinedine Machach, who just signed for Napoli, is close to joining Carpi on loan in Serie B until the end of the season.
11:17 | Mahrez is the Algerian transfer story that is still inevitably dominating the headlines. Sky Sports report that Man City have placed a third bid for him, that has not been accepted nor rejected. Pep Guardiola has admitted that the club are in the transfer market for an attacking player.
11:10 | Sky Sports News report that Islam Slimani has agreed to join Newcastle on a loan deal until the end of the season, beating interest from Monaco and West Ham.
23:33 | The English newspaper Daily Star reports that Leicester City would be willing to accept £70million for Riyad Mahrez.
23:24 | DONE DEAL! Mustafa Azman has been released by Spanish club Merida AD.
23:12 | DONE DEAL! Algerian international Abdelmoumene Djabou has signed with Al Nassr Riyadh on loan until the end of the season from ES Setif.
23:02 | Of course the big talking point will be the developments of the Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City saga.
23:00 | Hello and welcome to our special deadline day page. With under 24 hours of the transfer window remaining, we’ll keep you up to date with the Algerian footballers.