Tottenham Hotspur were close to signing Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar of Portsmouth as an immediate replacement for his compatriot Luka Modric before the transfer window closed on Tuesday.
Modric suffered a broken bone in his fibula against Birmingham City on Saturday which could sideline him for at least six weeks, so Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who worked with Kranjcar at Portsmouth, has moved swiftly to complete the deal.
Spurs sources said Kranjcar, 24, has passed a medical at the club, currently second in the Premier League after winning their opening four matches of the season.
While Kranjcar was leaving Portsmouth, the south coast club, who have lost their opening four games and are bottom of the table, were looking to bring in two new players to join the four they signed on Friday.
Sky Sports News reported that they had agreed terms with Aston Villa to sign defender Nicky Shorey, and Benfica's French midfielder Hassan Yebda, on a season-long deal. Defender Richard Dunne meanwhile, was linked with a move from Manchester City to Aston Villa.
One deal completed early on the final day of the transfer window saw Wales international defender Danny Collins move from Sunderland to become the latest addition to Stoke City's squad.
Collins, 29, joined Middlesbrough's Robert Huth and Tuncay Sanli in signing for Tony Pulis's side in the last week, as Pulis looks to consolidate the club in the Premier League after their debut appearance last season.
Wolverhampton Wanderers also confirmed the signing of Austria striker Stefan Maierhofer for an undisclosed fee from Rapid Vienna on Tuesday, their ninth signing since they won promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season.
They also signed Segundo Castillo from Red Star Belgrade on Monday.