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The winners and losers on transfer deadline day

Premier League clubs splashed the cash again on a dramatic last day of the summer transfer window.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five winners and five losers from a dramatic final 24 hours.

WINNERS

Swansea

The success of Swansea's transfer window overall is debatable but they pulled off the deal of the day with the capture of Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern Munich. Sanches is rated as one of the most talented young midfielders in Europe and that he chose the Liberty Stadium was a real coup for Paul Clement and his struggling side.

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater was the only want-away star to get his move on deadline day as Chelsea finally agreed to pay Leicester £35million to sign the midfielder late on Thursday night. While the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk and team-mate Riyad Mahrez were all forced to stay put, Drinkwater will join former Fox N'Golo Kante in the champions' midfield.

Liverpool

Snatching Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the clutches of Chelsea will give Liverpool a psychological boost but just as important was holding on to their star player Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona may yet make a final push for Coutinho on Friday given Spain's transfer window closes a day later but assuming the moment has now passed, the Reds have enjoyed a strong finish to the summer.

Tony Pulis

After Sanches, West Brom signing Grzegorz Krychowiak came a close second in deals of the day, with the classy midfielder arriving on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain. Krychowiak has genuine European pedigree and given Pulis also managed to keep Jonny Evans from joining any one of the host of top clubs reportedly chasing his signature, the Baggies look in excellent shape.

Tottenham

Always busy at the back end of the transfer window, Spurs did not disappoint. Prising Fernando Llorente from rivals Chelsea means they finally secured quality cover for Harry Kane and gained some measure of revenge too for the handful of targets lost to the Blues in recent years. Right-back Serge Aurier, who signed for £23million from Paris Saint-Germain, could also prove a bargain.

LOSERS

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez kept everyone guessing with some mysterious dabbles on social media but it was the Chilean who ended up in limbo as Arsenal decided to block his move to Manchester City. The forward headed a handful of frustrated players searching for moves, as van Dijk must face up to staying at Southampton and Leicester's Mahrez left international duty with Algeria but failed to find a buyer.

Diafra Sakho

Sakho will go down in deadline day folklore for his attempts to engineer a late transfer from West Ham but they were to no avail as the Hammers stood firm. Sakho even passed a medical and agreed terms with French side Rennes while earlier in the afternoon he was seen discussing his future at Chelmsford racecourse where his adviser's horse was running. Sakho's switch, however, fell at the final hurdle.

Newcastle

Few had expected a sudden splurge from Newcastle but that will be of little consolation to Rafael Benitez, who had already expressed dismay at his club's lack of ambition this summer. The Magpies made no additions on the final day, leaving Benitez short in several positions he reportedly asked to strengthen. It promises to be another long season on Tyneside.

Chelsea

Scrambling for deals late in the transfer window is rarely a sign of champions but even stranger was that Chelsea lost out on the targets they went for. After surrendering Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United last month, there was more disappointment on Thursday as Oxlade-Chamberlain picked Liverpool, Spurs snuck in to sign Llorente before Ross Barkley dealt one final blow by opting to stay at Everton.

Ross Barkley

Barkley's future has been in question for the best part of 18 months now and Ronald Koeman had all but conceded the midfielder's best option would be to leave Goodison Park. It made Barkley's last minute decision to reject Chelsea all the more baffling. He may prefer a move to Tottenham but there is no guarantee Spurs will be interested again in January while Barkley now has to endure another four months at least of uncertainty.

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