Europe’s top clubs avoid big deadline-day signings



LONDON (AP) — European soccer’s January transfer window is closing with the leading clubs appearing to avoid any lavish outlays in the first season of strict new financial controls by the sport’s regional governing body.

The priority for Premier League leader Manchester City seemed to be shedding big earners, with defender Wayne Bridge joining Sunderland on loan on Tuesday. However, troublesome striker Carlos Tevez still hadn’t found a new club as the deadline approached.

Paris Saint-Germain has been linked with Tevez and a string of leading players this month but has been unable to sign the type of big-name star craved by its Qatari owners.

Serie A pacesetter Juventus signed midfielder Padoin from Atalanta on Tuesday, while second-place AC Milan took midfielder Sulley Muntari on loan from neighbor Inter.