• Midfielder McCarthy joins from Wigan for £13m
• Lukaku and Gareth Barry both joins on season-long loans
Everton's hardline stance on Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines paid rich dividends on deadline day as they recouped a club record transfer fee for the Belgian midfielder and signed James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry.
Bill Kenwright, the Everton chairman, beat off competition from West Bromwich Albion to land Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea and then sold the striker Victor Anichebe to The Hawthorns for £5m. The manager, Roberto Martínez, was anxious to improve his striking options even before Albion moved for the Nigeria international, with two of his first three Premier League games ending goalless and Nikica Jelavic plus the summer signing Arouna Koné struggling for form.
Everton held out for £27.5m from Manchester United for Fellaini, £4m more than his buyout clause was worth until 31 July, and refused to entertain a final offer of £15m for Baines. Goodison Park officials had maintained all summer that the England international was not for sale and they also turned down a third joint offer from United for Baines and Fellaini, for £40m, over the weekend.
Martínez had wanted the Porto defensive midfielder Fernando to replace Fellaini and even attended a work permit hearing for the Brazilian in London on Monday morning. But Porto and Fernando were unwilling to accept Everton's £15m offer and, after a protracted pursuit of McCarthy, finally landed the Wigan Athletic midfielder in a deal rising to £14m.
Dave Whelan, the Wigan chairman, had earlier revealed a £12m deal had collapsed over Everton's insistence on paying the fee over four years but a compromise was reached moments before the 11pm deadline. That allowed Fellaini, who had travelled to Everton's Finch Farm training ground to hand a transfer request to Martínez, to rejoin David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Everton also covered for Fellaini's departure with the season-long loan signing of Barry from Manchester City. City had wanted a permanent deal for the England international, who is out of contract next summer, but settled on Everton paying the bulk of his £120,000-a-week wages.
Lukaku signed on a 12-month loan after Chelsea received assurances that he will gain regular playing time at Goodison – and a better loan fee than Albion were prepared to pay. There is no option to make the deal permanent next summer, as was the case when the 20-year-old spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns. West Brom have sold the striker Peter Odemwingie to Cardiff City.
Chelsea's preference was apparently to loan Demba Ba out, Arsenal and West Ham United both contacted them about taking the Senegalese on a season-long deal and his preference was to move to the Emirates Stadium but no agreement could be reached on the size of a loan fee. Mourinho was happy to allow the player to join a rival at the top of the table, but only on the financial terms that benefited Chelsea, and Arsenal did not meet the £3m fee required to take the player.