How it works

Here comes transfer deadline day. Premier League and Football League clubs have until 11pm tomorrow to get their deals done to see them through until the end of the season . Don’t be surprised to see activity continue beyond 11pm, though. An extension can allowed if a deal is already in motion – and some signings might happen before 11pm but only be announced after that.

Will it be busy?

Deadline day can be highly dramatic. It can also be underwhelming – which is not always a bad sign if it means clubs have all in order before the late dash. Arsenal are trying to do another loan deal to add to the temporary capture of Denis Suarez from Barcelona. There will be interest in what Tottenham do to help cover injury woes and Crystal Palace’s ongoing hunt for a striker could continue, despite a rare Connor Wickham goal on Sunday. Cenk Tosun is being linked with a move to Selhurst Park from Everton. Talking of goalgetters who have scored against Albion, Southampton are willing to off-load Charlie Austin at the right price by the time Thursday ticks into Friday.

What about Albion?

The Seagulls, like many clubs, are not fans of January business. That has not stopped them landing some gems in recent seasons, such Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Leo Ulloa and, going back a bit further, Craig Noone. Inigo Calderon joined midway through a season and Glenn Murray has signed permanent deals at this time of year twice – in 2008 on arrival from Rochdale and then when converting his loan from Bournemouth to something more concrete two years ago. They brought in Jurgen Locadia, who has now emerged as first choice, a year ago.

So any deals coming?

Never say never. Unlike some previous windows, we don’t go into the final day expecting big things from the Seagulls. Which also means they do not go into the last day desperate for additions. That is a good place to be but they have a very active recruitment department, money to spend and will be alive to any shrewd bits of business to be done by 11pm.

Transfer speculation?

Yes, there will be some of that. We will carefully check out any names linked with the club and tell you what we find out. The latest, Bradley Dack, we are not told is not one to take any notice of.

How will it play out?

By chance, Thursday is also the day Chris Hughton tends to talk to the media ahead of the weekend’s fixture. We will be at his press conference in early afternoon to check on the latest. He will be asked about activity in and out, of course. We will be online at from first thing in the morning, keeping an eye on all the deals which may or may not happen, including Albion, their Premier League rivals or of general interest. It will also be a great chance to discuss all things Albion – and for you to quiz us about how the squad looks or give your own opinions.

Any international deals?

Clubs across major leagues in Europe will also be trying to get their business over the line tomorrow – including Italy. The Italians were due to close their window on January 18, to coincide with their return to action after a winter break. But they then had a rethink and will go through until 7pm tomorrow our time. Hence Ezequiel Schelotto being able to complete his move from Albion on loan to Chievo this week. Had he fancied a return to Portugal, by the way, he would have had until Saturday to get the deal done.

On the way out?

Albion have been busy finding quite a wide range of destinations for members of their excellent under23 squad so another one of those deals might spring out of seemingly nowhere. But Chris Hughton has confirmed Viktor Gyokeres, who had played as a sub in the FA Cup this season, will be staying put.