TRANSFER DEADLINE LIVE! Will Arsenal, Manchester United, Man City, Spurs, Sunderland get the right men?

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AS THE seconds tick away on deadline day, the Echo takes a look at some of the deals that have been struck - or are likely to happen - today.

And our team of journalism students at Sunderland University examine whether each move looks likely to be a hit or miss.

Park Chu-Yung to Arsenal (by Daniel Prince)

Park Chu-Young has joined Arsenal from Monaco, but does the 26-year-old have what it takes to succeed in the Premier League?

Park will provide versatility as he can play on the left, right or up front, while he was named Asian Young Player of the Year in 2004.

The South Korean captain is 6ft tall, so should adapt to the physical nature of English football relatively quickly, but may have to leave in 2013 for a two-year military tour of duty.

Monaco were relegated last season despite Park’s 12 goals, while many in France have lamented his erratic finishing ability.

Similarly to compatriot Park Ji-Sung, Chu-Young also enjoys hero status in his homeland, but he will find it hard to make an impact in the Premier League and has struggled in the past with injuries.

Verdict: MISS

Andre Santos to Arsenal (by Greg Larmouth)

WHEN you think of Brazilian full-backs, players like Carlos Alberto, Roberto Carlos and Cafu come to mind, and the Gunners can look forward to a player in a similar mould, if not of a similar standard.

Left-sided Santos may have missed out on the 2010 World Cup squad, but Arsenal fans should expect to see plenty of entertainment from the new man, who scored five goals in 25 games from the back for Fenerbahce last season.

Verdict: HIT

Roman Pavlyuchenko to Sunderland (by James Hunt)

IF PETER Crouch doesn’t sign, Sunderland may still get a Spurs striker before the day is out.

Rumours have now linked the Black Cats with Russian striker Pavlyuchenko, who’d no doubt cost about the same as Crouch, and be on similar wages.

However, he’s a couple of years younger, has a better scoring record for Spurs, and wouldn’t make a decision based on where his wife can go shopping.

‘Pav’, for my money, would be the better signing. However, it’s not my money, which is good, because I can’t afford either of them.

Verdict: HIT

Wesley Sneijder to Man Utd (by Chris Glancey)

WITH rumours of Wesley Snejider’s move to Old Trafford surfacing throughout the summer, Manchester United would sign one of the best playmakers in world football.

The Dutch maestro will slot into side with unerring ease and fills the void left by the mercurial Paul Scholes, who retired at the end of last season.

Capturing Snejider would be a real signal of intent from Sir Alex Ferguson, as the United boss continues to rebuild his squad.

Verdict: HIT

Peter Crouch to Sunderland (by Simon Sinclair)

SUNDERLAND appear set to go all out to secure the signing of Tottenham striker Crouch, but would the England man fit in at the Stadium of Light?

Steve Bruce is known to be a long-term admirer of the beampole striker and came close to bagging his signature in 2009 when he left Portsmouth, but Crouch chose Tottenham.

One of the former Liverpool man’s main reasons for staying down south was his model wife Abbey Clancey’s refusal to move to the North East.

I don’t think Crouch would compliment the Black Cat’s current strikers and supply the goals the Wearsiders so desperately need.

Verdict: MISS

Per Mertesacker to Arsenal (by Jack Critchley)

UNUSUALLY for Arsenal, the latest player to be linked isn’t an unheard of 18-year-old Cuban left back with “potential”.

Mertesacker, the 26-year-old German centre-half with 75 caps to his name, looks likely to become a Gunners player later today for around £7.6million from Werder Bremen.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger needs more than one addition to bolster his beleaguered squad, although fans have slowly become increasingly irritated by their manager’s refusal to sign an established central defender.

Verdict: HIT

Owen Hargreaves to Manchester City (by Chris Hoy)

WITH only four appearances in the past three seasons, released by Manchester United and battling to prove his fitness, Owen Hargreaves could be a risky signing for Manchester City. The England international is a tenacious and hugely talented defensive midfielder who will be useful back up for Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure during this long season.

If he stays fit, he is a formidable prospect. But that is a big “if”.

Verdict: HIT

Gary Cahill to Tottenham (by Niall Plunkett)

ENGLAND international Cahill would be a good signing for any team, having starred in the Bolton backline with some solid performances last season.

As things stand, it’s difficult to see where he would fit into Tottenham’s squad on a permanent, with Michael Dawson, William Gallas and Younes Kaboul around.

But don’t be surprised if either of the latter two of that trio move on to make way for Cahill.

Verdict: HIT

Shaun Wright-Phillips to QPR (by Jamie Hopps)

QPR are close to bagging a bargain as Shaun Wright-Phillips looks set to move to Loftus Road from Manchester City.

Bolton, Wigan and Stoke have also been pursuing the London-born wide man, but Hoops boss Neil Warnock looks set to snatch the England international from under their noses.

The former Chelsea man would add much needed pace and experience to the Premier League newcomers.

Verdict: HIT

Cameron Jerome to Stoke (by Andrew Robson)

JEROME’S Birmingham goal-scoring record will not make pretty reading for Stoke City fans.

With just 37 goals in 181 appearances for the Blues since signing from Cardiff City in 2004, the Potters faithful may be wondering whether Jerome is the type of player they need.

The 6ft 1in former England under 21 international has the perfect physique to fit into Tony Pulis’s side, but is his record going to limit the amount of game time he gets at the Britannia Stadium?

With Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters currently leading the line for the Potters, it may be some time before Jerome becomes a regular fixture.

Verdict: MISS

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