England the stage for late moves
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The winter transfer period ended as it began, in a flurry of activity. After early moves involving David Beckham, Lassana Diarra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Andrei Arshavin, Ricardo Quaresma and Robbie Keane were some of the big names who had to wait virtually until the last minute for deals to be signed. As is often the case, many of the very late deals were done in England. FIFA.com brings you all the news on who went where across the continent.

A series of awe-inspiring performances for Zenit and his national side at UEFA EURO 2008 made Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin a target for many of the biggest clubs on the continent, but it was Arsenal who finally got their man last night.

Ricardo Quaresma was Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007, but proved unable to reproduce that form at Inter Milan. He will, therefore, be delighted to join forces with compatriots and former Porto stars Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Jose Bosingwa and Paulo Ferreira on loan at Chelsea. Olivier Dacourt is another Nerazzuro to be sent out on loan by Jose Mourinho. No stranger to the Premier League, the Frenchman will open a new chapter in his career with London outfit Fulham.

Robbie Keane is another packing his bags for the capital, returning to Tottenham Hotspur, the club for whom he scored 107 goals between 2002 and 2008. Keane is being welcomed back at Spurs just six months after being sold to Liverpool, where he failed to make his mark.

Portsmouth go Greek
Portsmouth have turned to Greece for a fix to their relegation worries. Angelos Basinas, a UEFA EURO 2004 winner, joins on loan from AEK Athens, along with Bayer Leverkusen's Theofanis Gekas, a former leading scorer in the Bundesliga. West Bromwich Albion have drafted in attacking midfielder Juan Carlos Menseguez from Argentina's San Lorenzo to help them climb off the bottom of the Premier League. And after signing Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong earlier in the month, Manchester City loaned out Brazilian striker Jo to Everton and Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim to Sunderland.

There was less transfer activity in Germany, but some Bundesliga sides did dabble in the market. Schalke may have been expected to recruit given their disappointing first half of the season, but instead they let Fabian Ernst go to Besiktas and loaned out Albert Streit to Hamburg, who also added to their title-chasing squad by bringing in Venezuelan Tomas Rincon and Danish defender Michael Gravgaard, on loan from Deportivo Tachira and Nantes respectively. Champions Bayern Munich secured the services of Zenit's Ukrainian midfielder Anatoly Tymoshchuk, but only from the start of next season. Bayern also agreed a deal to send Toni Kroos, the star of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007, out on loan to Bayer Leverkusen for 18 months.

Napoli turn to Argentina again
David Beckham's arrival at AC Milan was the big news in Italy during this winter transfer window, but not the only transfer of note. Malian Souleymane Diamoutene, for example, moved from Lecce to Roma, while Napoli went shopping in Argentina again, this time for Boca Juniors midfielder Jesus Alberto Datolo, who joins compatriots Ezequiel Lavezzi and German Denis at the club. Nicola Amoruso, meanwhile, joined Siena, his 12th Serie A club, from Torino, where he has been replaced by former Genoa striker Andrea Gasbaroni.

Real Madrid fine-tuned their squad with the addition of Julien Faubert from, on loan from West Ham United. Former Merengues defender Raul Bravo returned to La Liga, joining Numancia after a two-year spell with Olympiacos. Brazilian Ricardo Oliveira could not stop scoring goals for Real Betis between 2004 and 2006, and is back at the Andalusian club after less than prolific spells with Sao Paulo, AC Milan and Real Zaragoza.