Jim White’s re-covering his microphone, Harry Redknapp’s chauffeur is busy refiling the Bentley and an army of Stoke fans are setting up camp outside the Britannia.
Transfer deadline day is evidently upon us, so we’ve picked out the deals likeliest to go down to the wire, but still come off.
Daley Blind to Manchester United
This move looks more or less complete, with the defensive-midfielder/left-back allegedly already in Manchester for a medical ahead of a £14m move.
United have only taken two points from three Premier League fixtures under Louis van Gaal, but they’re back at the top of the pile for transfer spend.
With Blind, Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw set to markedly improve their first XI, ruling the 13-time Premier League champions out for a return to the top four come May would be unwise.
Adel Taarabt to AC Milan
The enigmatic former Spurs man lit up the San Siro in 14 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri last term, hitting the back of the net four times and laying on 19 key passes for teammates, with one of them converted into a goal.
Taarabt’s move back to Italy was expected to be tied up at this stage, but Redknapp is playing hardball over the fee QPR require for his services.
However, the 25-year-old is clearly unloved at Loftus Road – Redknapp has handed him one minute of Premier League action in three fixtures so far this term – so it’s clear the west Londoners want rid.
Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa
Valencia threatened to scupper this move with a late bid for the England international, who played no part in the Red Devils’ 0-0 draw at Burnley.
New owner Peter Lim has plenty of money to spend at the Mestalla, but it’s difficult to imagine Cleverley swapping the Premier League for the Mediterranean coast, especially with United midfield legend Roy Keane on the coaching staff at Villa Park.
William Carvalho to Arsenal
Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo is expected to stay with the Bundesliga outfit, while it’s anyone’s guess as to where Paris St-Germain rebel Adrien Rabiot will end up at this point, with Roma thought to be out for another Arsenal gazumping, after stealing Kostas Manolas from under the Gunners noses.
That leaves Carvalho, a player most of the Premier League’s upper echelons have been tracking for some time.
The north Londoners’ links to the Portugal holding-midfielder have been particularly strong though, and with Arsene Wenger expected to add a player in Carvalho’s position before the window closes, this move looks increasingly likely.
Andros Townsend to Southampton
This Three Lions winger’s days at White Hart Lane look well and truly numbered, after only gaining Premier League game-time as a substitute under new coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Being at fault for Liverpool’s third goal in the Reds’ 3-0 win away to Spurs, just a minute after coming on, can hardly have changed the Argentine’s mind about Townsend, who would expect many more starts at the severely-depleted Saints.