Gossip: Depressed Mahrez 'will not play for Leicester again', Arsenal 'fail with late Evans bid', West Ham transfer guru 'in race row'

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Mahrez, Evans and Blind all stayed put despite interest
Mahrez, Evans and Blind all stayed put despite interest

Twenty-five hours of frenzied negotiating, 500 players linked with moves, 91 excited yelps from Bryan Swanson on Sky Sports… and all for just 12 signings made by Premier League clubs, four of them loans.

That was transfer deadline day: a lot of chat, a lot of hype, a lot of yelping, but in the end all we really got from it was learning who Jordan Hugill is.

For each of those 12 lucky men who earned their moves, there are another 50 who were left disappointed – and none more so than Riyad Mahrez.

“Very depressed” is how the Mirror describes the Algerian winger’s current state of mind – and it’s not because of the Foxes’ narrow 2-1 defeat by Everton last night.

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On the contrary, Mahrez didn’t even bother following that game online because he was too busy checking his phone and refreshing his Twitter for updates on his proposed £60m move to Manchester City.

In the end, Leicester’s alleged £95m price tag proved too costly even for Sheikh Mansour, who evidently decided that – on balance – Mahrez is not the second most valuable footballer in the whole world.

He might currently be the angriest though, with the Mirror claiming he has told the Foxes he will “never play for the club again” after seeing his hopes of a move crushed for the fourth transfer window in succession.

Evans denied move to Arsenal

But Mahrez should spare a thought for Jonny Evans. The West Brom centre-back has spent the entire season being linked with Man City and Arsenal, but he must now remain with the relegation-threatened Baggies after they rejected the Gunners’ £12m bid late last night (Express and Star).

And you don’t see him sulking about it (although you probably would if you were in his house this morning having breakfast with him).

It was also a deflating deadline day for the Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou, who travelled to London to seal a £16m move to Crystal Palace only to find that his club had not accepted a bid for him.

According to Sky Sports, he was left “pleading on the phone with his employers” to allow the deal to be completed.

“Please, guys! Since I was a young boy growing up in Douala it has been my dream to play at Selhurst Park and witness first-hand the famous Holmesdale Ultras! Plus they have offered to quadruple my salary,” he probably said. But it was no good.

It was an even worse day for West Ham’s director of player recruitment Tony Henry, who not only failed in moves to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker and Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov, but has also sparked a race row after allegedly saying the Hammers didn’t want to sign African players due to their “bad attitude” (Mail). Wowsers.

Elsewhere, Roma ended their interest in Manchester United’s Daley Blind after the Red Devils insisted on a permanent deal rather than a loan (Express), Burnley were unable to snap up Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall (Mail) and Southampton failed with a £25m bid to sign Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes (Mail). But at least Chelsea lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth, so it wasn’t such a bad deadline day really.

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