In a whirr of faxes, suited bartering and post-dusk medicals, transfer deadline day once again did not disappoint in terms of drama and unexpected last-second moves that stretched Premier League rules to the limit.
The day's capacity for the unexpected was best summed up by Raul Meireles. At 10.29pm there was barely a whisper that he would be anything other than a Liverpool midfielder when he went to bed that night. Less than 40 minutes later, he was confirmed as a Chelsea player.
The Sweeper can now reveal how some of the major deals were forced through even after they had looked dead and buried while others hit stumbling blocks for reasons as varied as poor timing, points of principle and simple cash.