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Sunderland sign Asamoah Gyan as Robinho makes AC Milan move

Robinho's final exit from Manchester City and Sunderland's club-record signing of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan were the biggest deals completed on a quiet transfer deadline day.

With most Premier League clubs keeping their chequebooks firmly closed, analysts Deloitte said total spending this summer was around £330million - 25% down on last year.

Brazilian forward Robinho signed for AC Milan on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, variously reported as between £14million and £18million.

City, who signed the 26-year-old for a British record fee of £32.5million two years ago, will at least have his £160,000 weekly salary off the wage bill.

Gyan, the striker who made such an impact in the World Cup, joined Sunderland for £13million from French side Rennes.

Birmingham picked up former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb on a one-year loan from Barcelona, while the Gunners full-back Armand Traore joined Juventus, also on a season-long loan deal.

On a busy day for Birmingham, the Blues also signed Chile midfielder Jean Beausejour on a three-year deal - another player who made his mark in the World Cup - from Mexican side Club America and defender Martin Jiranek on a one-year contract from Spartak Moscow.

The Blues also allowed striker Marcus Bent to join midlands rivals Wolves on a four-month loan.

Wigan pounced for two signings, securing Chelsea's 21-year-old Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo on a three-year deal just minutes before the window closed.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley, 21, joined on loan from Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson decided to give the England Under-21 international some Premier League experience.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said of Cleverley: "We have been watching him for some time and feel he is the right sort of player to join our squad; young, hungry, desperate to play for the club in the Premier League and to grow with us."

Everton confirmed their long-serving Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo is set to join Turkish club Fenerbahce on a season-long loan pending agreement on personal terms and a medical. Yobo has been at Goodison Park since 2002, making more than 250 appearances.

Stoke clinched agreement with Monaco for a season-long loan of Eidur Gudjohnsen, while midfielder Salif Diao, whose contract expired at the end of last season, re-joined the club on a two-year deal.

Other Premier League transfers saw Tottenham signing Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow.

Blackpool re-signed striker DJ Campbell from Leicester and this time on a permanent basis.

Campbell had a successful loan spell at Blackpool last season and hit a hat-trick in the play-off semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest.

The Seasiders also swooped for Wycombe's 19-year-old winger Matt Phillips for an initial fee of £325,000.

One surprise came when Bundesliga side Werder Bremen moved for Northern Ireland Under-21 striker Liam Boyce.

Paul Konchesky's expected move from Fulham to Liverpool was confirmed with a four-year contract for the defender, while Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniklic moved in the opposite direction.

Konchesky's arrival was swiftly followed by 21-year-old Argentinian full-back Emiliano Insua leaving Liverpool for Galatasaray on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent.

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