• Three days to the deadline – all the developments as they happen
An early snippet from Sky – Fulham are said to have agreed a season-long loan deal with Arsenal for Calum Chambers. There probably won’t be too many sleepless nights on Drayton Park about that one, and nor about the fact that West Ham are sniffing around the striker Lucas Perez.
Welcome to this earlier-than-usual, slightly truncated extravaganza of pre-transfer deadline frenzy. Everyone in England has to get their business done by 5pm on Thursday – a new development this season – and it doesn’t take a genius to assess that there’ll be some thrills, spills and outright stupidity en route to that. We’ll see deals done, deals collapse, outrageous sums being splashed out … because that’s what football does these day and, on a practical level, a glance around so many squads in the top two divisions shows them to be glaringly incomplete. It’s almost as if the World Cup only finished three weeks ago.
So let’s get on with it. First up – a taste of what we might expect today with a piping hot Rumour Mill from Simon Burnton: