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As It Happened: European Transfer Deadline Day

Kostas Mitroglou Star Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou has signed with Fulham ahead of leading his nation in the World Cup. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

The European winter transfer deadline was not met with major moves, but there was plenty of wheeling and dealing across the continent as the window slammed shut.

Teams looking to make that final title push or avoid relegation shaped up their rosters with last-minute moves, with Fulham being especially active as it tries to climb out of the Premier League drop zone. The winter window is a typically a tricky one, but even more so during a World Cup year, with players keeping their plane tickets to Brazil in the back of their minds when deciding on how they'll be spending the next five months and beyond. As a result, no true world superstar grabbed headlines, though Juan Mata's move to Manchester United days before the deadline certainly qualifies.

It's important to remember that players who are out of contract can be signed at any time outside of the transfer window, and that emergency loans will come into play over the next few months as well, so while the ability to make big moves is pretty much gone, there are still outlets to tinker.

Here's how transfer deadline day transpired:

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And there's the close of the transfer window...until the summer. The names on the move certainly don't compile an A-list of world soccer stars, and some fans will certainly wonder why their teams didn't do more to push for silverware and Champions League places. Some of the roster tweaks could go a long way in determining top-flight survival, though, something that Fulham certainly hopes to prove true.

Keep in mind, some paperwork could have been completed before the transfer deadline even though deals weren't announced. So a few more (Liverpool was making a final push for Yevhen Konoplyanka) could trickle through down the pipeline.

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Big news out of Spain is Atletico Madrid making a move to bring back Brazilian midfielder Diego on loan from Wolfsburg. The club is fighting Barcelona and Real Madrid to make an improbable run at the league title, and Diego will help in that push.

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Fulham started the day on a mission and looks to be finishing strong as well, agreeing on a loan deal with Everton for Dutch defender John Heitinga. Between Mitroglou, Holtby and Heitinga, that's a solid haul for the Cottagers today, who are currently mired in the relegation zone but have geared up for a fight for survival.

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Inter Milan isn't sitting tight, completing a move for Brazilian midfielder Hernanes from Lazio, reportedly for 20 million euros. About 35 minutes to go before the window is shut.

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While Fulham has made waves in two major signings (Mitroglou, Holtby), the club is reportedly offloading Dimitar Berbatov to Monaco on loan. With Radamel Falcao recovering from a torn ACL, Monaco attempts to fit a need area with the experienced Bulgarian.

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Arsenal has made the move for Kim Kallstrom official, adding the 31-year-old Swedish midfielder on loan from Spartak Moscow. Certainly a piece of good news after Arsene Wenger said he expects Aaron Ramsey to miss six weeks with a thigh injury.

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Welp, here it is: Harry Redknapp's car interview today. And yes, he admitted to have never seeing one of his new signings at QPR ever play before (seriously).

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Overall it's been a rather dull transfer deadline day. That's not to say that the window overall has been quiet. Manchester United adding Juan Mata from Chelsea was about as big a move as could have been expected during the winter. There are still rumblings of moves on the horizon before the 6 p.m (ET) deadline, such as Kim Kallstrom potentially heading on loan to Arsenal. Liverpool has been heavily linked to Ukrainian star Yevhen Konoplyanka, but the latest reports from England suggest that move might not materialize after all.

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Some noise coming out of Italy, as AC Milan lands Adel Taarabt on loan from QPR (he had been on loan at Fulham), and Juventus lands striker Dani Osvaldo on loan from Southampton. Both deals are through the end of the season.

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English League One (third tier) side Crawley Town might have won Transfer Day with this tweet:

https://twitter.com/crawleytown/status/429265453748207616

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And the transfer window in Germany is CLOSED. Not a ton of action in the Bundesliga today. Remember, Mexican international Andres Guardado was loaned from Valencia to Bayer Leverkusen yesterday.

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As for Americans who could be on the move today, there really aren't many to keep an eye on. Freddy Adu is a free agent and can sign wherever, whenever (work permit pending, of course) and is not limited to today to make a move. He was reportedly training at Blackpool, but is said to not be considered an option there. Rumblings out of England suggested Jozy Altidore would leave Sunderland on loan, but his agent told MLSSoccer.com that there was nothing to those rumors.

Many of the other big names have already sealed their moves, with many coming back to MLS. Clint Dempsey's loan at Fulham expires at the end of February, and he'll be with Seattle for the 2014 campaign. Michael Bradley is in Toronto. Maurice Edu is in Philadelphia. Jermaine Jones was loaned to Besiktas. Oguchi Onyewu signed on at Sheffield Wednesday for the rest of the season. Juan Agudelo signed with Stoke City and was loaned to FC Utrecht.

Keep in mind, the MLS transfer window is unaffected by today's happenings, and players can sign with the league until its own period closes.

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Brek Shea has a new teammate at Barnsley (where he's on loan until April 3), as Emmanuel Frimpong has left Arsenal to join the Tykes.

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR: Brek Shea received the car interview treatment upon his move to Stoke City:

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR: Peter Odemwingie tried to force his way from West Brom to QPR...and it was awesome:

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Kostas Mitroglou has signed with Fulham from Olympiakos, with the Greek international, who played a major part in Greece cementing a place in the World Cup, taking his scoring skills to Craven Cottage. That's the second major move for Fulham, which added German international Lewis Holtby on loan from Tottenham.

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As had been reported earlier in the week, Manchester United has sent Wilfried Zaha on loan to Cardiff City while permanently transferring Fabio to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

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Borussia Dortmund has boosted its midfield by adding Serbian Milos Jojic. The club is dealing with injuries to midfielders Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ilkay Gundogan

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Chelsea has added France U-20 and St. Etienne 19-year-old defender Kurt Zouma, but he'll remain with the French club on loan through the remainder of the season. Chelsea's transfer haul has already included Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic.

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