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Manchester United close to sealing Radamel Falcao deal

By Carl Markham

Manchester United were closing in on a deal to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on loan as the transfer window entered its final hour.

The Colombia striker will cost United between £5million and £6million and the club have confirmed they will pay his wages, however, they insist reports they will pay the striker almost £350,000 a week are wide of the mark.

Falcao's arrival hastened the exit of England international Danny Welbeck, who is set to join Arsenal after a £16million deal was agreed in principal.

United have stuttered into the season under new manager Louis van Gaal with just two points from three Premier League matches and scored only two goals, without even taking into account their embarrassing Capital One Cup exit to League One MK Dons.

The Dutchman desperately needs something to kick-start their campaign and Falcao, who arrived in Manchester early on Monday evening for his medical, could be it.

However, their back line needs just as much attention, if not more, after the loss of key personnel this summer so the arrival of Ajax defender Danny Blind for £13.8million, confirmed by the Dutch club just over three hours before the deadline, was another welcome addition.

"Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world," the Holland international told manutd.com.

United's rebuilding has already seen them acquire midfielder Ander Herrera, defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo and British-record signing Angel di Maria.

Heading out of Old Trafford, however, was Mexico forward Javier Hernandez as he joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan with the European champions having an option to buy at the end of the spell.

Elsewhere, Manchester City defender Micah Richards joined Fiorentina on loan while Hull made Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez their club record signing after brining in the 24-year-old on a three-year deal from Palermo for a fee believes to be £9.5million, having earlier allowed winger George Boyd to join Burnley for a reported £3million.

Midfielder Mohamed Diame has also move to the KC Stadium from West Ham.

The Clarets also signed Chelsea's England Under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan until January while another Chelsea player Marco van Ginkel made a temporary move to AC Milan until the end of the season.

Ronald Koeman's restructuring at Southampton has seen him move for Atletico Madrid centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Red Bull Salzburg forward Sadio Mane with the pair undergoing medicals, Press Association Sport understands, after the club baulked at the chance to pursue Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

Saints also confirmed they had agreed to terminate Algeria midfielder Saphir Taider's loan spell from Inter Milan - less than a month after joining the club on a season-long loan from Inter Milan.

Swansea signed Gambian striker Modou Barrow, 21, from Swedish club Ostersunds FK while 22-year-old Irish defender Shane Duffy joined Blackburn on a three-year deal from Everton.

Tottenham completed the signing of Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, following Federico Fazio, DeAndre Yedlin, Ben Davies, Michel Vorm and Eric Dier to White Hart Lane this summer, while Lewis Holtby finalised a loan to Hamburg.

Press Association Sport understands Aston Villa have submitted a bid for Real Sociedad midfielder Sergio Canales after confirming the departure of Karim El Ahmadi to Feyenoord.

QPR's bid to sign Fabio Borini collapsed despite agreeing an initial £10million fee with Liverpool as they could not agree personal terms but they did bring in Tottenham midfielder Sandro on a three-year deal.

The Reds' Uruguay centre-back Sebastian Coates has joined Sunderland on loan while Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi is expected to rejoin Stoke for a second season-long loan.

Crystal Palace have signed Tottenham 21-year-old defender Zeki Fryers and Wigan midfielder James McArthur on three-year deals.

Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano, who spent last season on loan at West Brom, is set to join West Ham.

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