*All data courtesy of the excellent transfermarkt.co.uk
Our goal is to finish this transfer window where you can say, ‘Actually they’ve got a plus now. They are a stronger team than they were before’My message to the fans would be that they went through a hard time but there are good times ahead.
For those living in New Orleans and the cities around it, the six months between the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico well and it being declared officially "sealed" may have seemed like an age - but that was nothing compared to the length of the ensuing legal wrangles.
Now Halliburton, the BP contractor which was partially blamed for the 2010 disaster, has finally reached an agreement to pay $1.1bn (£660m) to settle its lawsuits. The money will be paid in three installments into a trust, which will be used to compensate property owners and commercial fisheries along the affected coastline.
The deal includes settlements related to an agreement BP struck with businesses in the area - although Halliburton added it had already set aside $1.3bn for legal costs. The final sum is still awaiting approval by the Louisiana District Court.
Shares in the company climbed in early trading, before falling 0.9 per cent in mid-afternoon.
Shares in Anglo American, the world's largest platinum miner, jumped 2.6 per cent this afternoon after its chief executive said the company is open to takeover offers.
In an interview, Mark Cutifani said his job is "to create value" - adding that "if somebody sees value, then there's a conversation to be had".
I'm not anti. I'm very open. I'm not scared by it.
A takeover would be a drastic departure from the strategy of former chief executive Cynthia Carroll, who stepped down in February last year. In 2009 she rebuffed an approach from Xstrata (which has since itself merged with Glencore).
Like rivals including BHP Billiton, which last month spun off dozens of assets into a new company in order to focus on higher-margin businesses, Anglo has said it will sell some of its assets, including older, deep-level platinum mines.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in which the interview appeared, Cutifani is targeting return on capital employed of at least 15 per cent by 2016, from 10 per cent in the first half of this year. "It is an imperative we have to get to. We've got to be doing better than that number," he said.
But by all accounts, it will be a long, hard slog. Although shares are up 17.5 per cent this year, the company reported in July that quarterly platinum production had dropped 40 per cent after a five-month strike at one of its mines in South Africa.
We are delighted to have completed the purchase of House of Fraser today. It is an unprecedented transaction and the largest acquisition of a foreign retailer by a Chinese listed company... We are excited to tap the significant opportunities that House of Fraser has in China, where the brand has very strong growth potential.
We are looking forward to bringing international brands to China through House of Fraser, providing Chinese consumers with premium fashion products. We are extremely confident House of Fraser will become a leading global department store and will serve as a bridge for premium brands between China and Europe.
The acquisition by Nanjing Cenbest will move House of Fraser to the next stage of its development as a leading international, multi-channel retail group with a premium fashion offering.