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West Ham signs 3 players on final day of transfer window

01 September 2015, 20:37

Manchester - West Ham was the biggest mover on the final day of Britain's summer transfer window, taking midfielders Alex Song and Victor Moses on loan and buying striker Nikica Jelavic as the Premier League closed in on record levels of spending.

Everton signed Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate for 9.5 million pounds ($14.5 million) on a five-year deal and Southampton spent a reported 11.5 million ($17.6 million) on center back Virgil van Dijk from Scottish side Celtic.

Also read: Everton signs Funes Mori, Song to West Ham

Chelsea bolstered its defensive options by signing Senegal international Papy Djilobodji from Nantes, with the Premier League champions seemingly moving on from its summer-long attempts to buy John Stones from Everton.

More moves are expected on what is usually a frantic day at activity among Premier League clubs. The biggest deal is likely to be Monaco forward Anthony Martial's move to Manchester United in a reported deal worth at least 36 million pounds ($55 million), which would make the 19-year-old Frenchman the most expensive teenager in the history of the game.

English top-flight clubs are close to breaking their spending record in one transfer window of 835 million pounds (now $1.28 billion) set last summer, according to football finance expert Deloitte.

"This level of spending continues to be driven in large part by the increases in domestic and overseas broadcast revenue in recent years," said Alex Thorpe, senior manager in Deloitte's Sports Business Group.

Song will spend a second straight season on loan at West Ham from Barcelona. The Cameroon midfielder's children play in the West Ham academy.

Moses will spend a third straight season away from Chelsea, with the Nigeria winger having previously had loan spells at Liverpool and Stoke. And Croatia striker Jelavic left Hull, relegated from the Premier League last season to join West Ham on a two-year deal.

Funes Mori, one of River Plate's best players in the team that won the 2014 Copa Sudamericana and 2015 Copa Libertadores, moved to Everton for 9.5 million pounds ($14.5 million) on a five-year deal to provide competition for Phil Jagielka and Stones at center back.

Funes Mori attended Everton's Premier League match against Manchester City last month, and was pictured wearing a blue-and-white Everton scarf, but had to wait more than a week before sealing his move.

Also Tuesday, Bournemouth signed striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace.

- AP


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