There was some traditionally late business for Tottenham on transfer deadline day as they allowed Roman Pavlyuchenko to join Lokomotiv Moscow and gave loans to defenders Vedran Corluka (Bayer Leverkusen) and Sebastian Bassong (Wolves) with midfielder Steven Pienaar returning to Goodison Park until the end of the season.
But there was no late escape for Manchester City's wantaway forward Carlos Tevez as interest from the continent failed to manifest itself into anything stronger, leaving the Argentina international in limbo again.
Overall, spending was down massively compared to 12 months ago as clubs tightened their belts with one eye on UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.
Bobby Zamora's replacement at Craven Cottage after his move to QPR was Stuttgart's Pogrebnyak, who arrived on a six-month deal.
In addition to signing striker Louis Saha from Everton, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is also awaiting confirmation of a deal to take Ryan Nelsen, who has played just once since April 9, from Blackburn.
Another former Liverpool player also returned to England as Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who only left Anfield in the summer, became Sunderland's second signing of the day.
The 32-year-old centre-half joined on loan from Wolfsburg to follow Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge to the Stadium of Light after the England international agreed a temporary spell in the north-east.
Chelsea completed a five-and-a-half year contract for 20-year-old Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne - before loaning him back to Genk until the end of the season - and also signed youngster Patrick Bamford later in the day.
Blackburn brought in former Halmstad winger Marcus Olsson, the twin brother of Rovers' Swedish wideman Martin, and QPR defender Bradley Orr while Arsenal signed 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Eisfeld and allowed Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi, 19, to go on loan to Bolton.
West Brom signed defender Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham, Norwich brought in Peterborough defender Ryan Bennett but Stoke allowed Danny Higginbotham to join npower Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan.