Sunderland have released Scottish international Craig Gordon five years after the Premier League side paid a British record fee for a goalkeeper of £9million for his services.
It proved a busy transfer deadline day in England with a number of strikers on the move highlighted by QPR's swoop for Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse, while Tottenham secured Louis Saha on loan as Roman Pavlyuchenko departed.
Martin O'Neill today clinched his first signing as Sunderland manager when he landed Wayne Bridge on loan until the end of the season.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he will need to sell the likes of Carlos Tevez, Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge before he can consider further improving his squad.
Kieran Gibbs has been struck by a set-back in his return from injury for Arsenal, so manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he will delve into the transfer market to try and find a temporary left-back.
Steve McClaren has said he does not want to be considered for the position of manager for West Ham United, and in light of the news, team co-owner David Gold does not want to be rushed into making a decision.