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Northern Ireland forward Jamie Ward completes late deadline day move while Arsenal's Evans bid rejected: NI transfers

By Gareth Hanna

One Northern Ireland player had a dramatic deadline day while Jonny Evans was denied his move to Arsenal.

Jamie Ward has joined Cardiff City on loan in a deal announced after the 11pm deadline. He had been made available to other clubs by new Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka and is off to promotion chasers Cardiff, with Lee Tomlin going the opposite direction, also on loan.

Meanwhile, West Brom turned down a deadline day bid for Jonny Evans from Arsenal.

Arsenal spent around £56million to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund early on Tuesday but were never close to any deal for Evans.

Albion did not want to sell Evans but recognised they may have needed to cash in to strengthen the squad, more specifically in attack, for their battle against relegation.

But the loan signing of Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool on Tuesday beefed up the forward line.

They have been able to keep skipper Evans in the last two windows after Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester all expressed an interest in the summer.

Albion had valued Evans at £30million in the last window and it would have taken a bid of over £20million to even bring them to the table this time.

And Celtic had a second bid for Trevor Carson rejected by Motherwell, according to Sky Sports.

The Northern Ireland stopper was said to be Brendan Rodgers' prime target after his first-choice Craig Gordon suffered a knee-injury that is expected to keep him out for up to 12 weeks. With crunch matches coming thick and fast, not least a Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg, Rodgers is keen to recruit competition for regular back-up Dorus de Vries.

Celtic had seen an initial £200,000 bid rejected on Monday and have now returned with a £375,000 offer, which has also been knocked back by Motherwell, according to Sky Sources.

That's likely because of his current club's reservations about losing their own number one on transfer deadline day.

Former Northern Ireland coach and Well boss Stephen Robinson said: "It would have to be a very good bid to let Trevor go.

"It would certainly make things very difficult for me. Player's valuations go up and down depending on what point in the window you're at because the closer you are to the end then the timescale to replace them becomes very difficult."

Carson was signed by Motherwell for only £10,000 during the summer. Celtic instead opted to sign Scott Bain from Dundee.

In a confirmed deal, Northern Ireland Under 21 defender Ben Hall has moved on loan from Brighton to League Two promotion-chasers Notts County.

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