Zaragoza sign Garcia and Postiga, step up activity on final day of transfer window

Zaragoza are finalising several interesting transfer deals in the closing hours of the summer 2011 transfer market. The Aragonese have agreed terms to sign Espanyol striker Luis Garcia on a three-year deal, and surprisingly on a free transfer after he terminated his Periquitos contract, whilst President Agapito Iglesias has also found a way to finance a €2.5m deal for Sporting CP’s Helder Postiga. In administration and with debts of €110m, Zaragoza came under fire earlier this transfer window when they announced an €8.6m deal for Benfica’s Roberto Jimenez, only to…

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Villarreal secure De Guzman from Mallorca

Villarreal are understood to have completed the signing of Jonathan de Guzman from Real Mallorca on the final day of the summer transfer window. Canadian born but Dutch Under-21 capped De Guzman moves to El Madrigal for a reported fee of €8m, ending weeks of speculation, and lengthy negotiations between Mallorca and the Yellow Submarine. The move was expected to be completed yesterday, but hit a snag when it emerged the player was entitled to 20% of the transfer fee. Mallorca insisted on €8m net as an asking price, and…

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Betis confirm capture of Serbia international full-back Tosic

Real Betis have confirmed the signing of Serbian international defender Dusko Tosic. Coach Pepe Mel announced his signature, as the club confirmed the left-back had passed a medical to complete a long-awaited deal, after receiving permission to leave Serbia’s training base for their Euro 2012 qualifying preparations. The 26-year-old Tosic is a much-travelled defender, listing experience in Ligue 1, the Premier League, the Bundesliga and in his native country’s top League, where he joins the newly-promoted Betis from Red Star Belgrade. Joining for a fee believed to be in the…

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Real Sociedad negotiating new contracts for Xabi Prieto and David Zurutuza

Real Sociedad are understood to be in advanced negotiations to renew the contracts of Xabi Prieto and David Zurutuza. Following on from last week’s announcement that La Real had signed Spain Under-19 international Ruben Pardo to an improved deal, the more established first-team names of Prieto and Zurutuza are next on the club’s list. Both midfielders’ current deals expire in 2013, with the club believed to be pushing to extend at least a further two years, if not three. Sociedad – currently fourth in La Liga after one round of…

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Gago completes Roma switch whilst Diarra’s destination remains unclear

Real Madrid’s Fernando Gago has completed a move to Roma ahead of the close of the summer 2011 transfer window. The Argentine international midfielder joins Luis Enrique’s Italian side initially on a 12-month loan deal, with the Giallorossi retaining a clause believed to be between €6.5-7m to make the move permanent next year. The move confirms previous reports. In five years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Gago has struggled with injury and only managed one League start in 2010-11 and 14 the year before. He also picked up an injury on…

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Man Utd news – Utd hit record profits, Singaporean flotation, Rooney delight

Utd hit record profits. On Thursday Manchester United will report record operating profits in excess of £100m, the Guardian understands. Whilst last year United’s financial statements showed the club had generated revenues of £286.4m, that figure is believed to have breached the £300m barrier for the first time this year, as a result of the club enhancing their portfolio of overseas sponsorship deals. Subsequently this ability to expand and strengthen their revenue streams over the past 12 months is thought to have created the most financially profitable year in United’s…

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Man City news – Tevez resigned to staying, Stoke in for Bellamy, QPR near SWP deal

Tevez resigned to staying. Carlos Tevez has resigned to the fact he will be staying with Manchester City for the foreseeable future with the transfer window closing later this evening. Tevez hoped to leave the Blues this summer in order to be closer to his family in Argentina, though a source close to the striker has told BBC Sport it is now impossible for him to leave with only hours remaining. The 27-year-old came close to securing a move back to South America earlier in the summer, when Brazilian club…

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Tottenham news – Spurs enter Cahill race, Parker deal close, Crouch exit nears

Spurs enter Cahill race. Tottenham have made a deadline day move for Bolton’s Gary Cahill according to reports in the Mirror today. It had been rumoured that North London rivals Arsenal were also going for the England centre back but reports last night suggested their interest had ended. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is attempting to include Sebastien Bassong and David Bentley in any deal struck with Bolton. However, it is thought that Coyle is eyeing a straight cash deal and might take the players on a seasons loan. Scroll down…

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Deadline Day Latest: Ilunga to head north of the border and Saints fail in Beckford bid

With Scott Parker already having one foot out of the door West Ham are now set to lose defender Herita Ilunga to Celtic. After featuring in the majority of the Hammers’ opening fixtures Ilunga was left out of the 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday and is understood to have caught the eye of Neil Lennon who is looking to bolster his defence. However Turkish side Trabzonspor have also emerged as potential suitors and can offer the 29-year-old the potentially irresistible lure of Champions League football. Meanwhile Southampton are…

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Liverpool news – Coates convinced by Suarez, Cole near Lille/Villa switch, Poulsen makes exit

Coates convinced by Suarez. New Liverpool signing Sebastian Coates has revealed that his transfer to Liverpool was sealed by Uruguayan compatriot Luis Suarez being a Reds player, liverpoolfc.tv reports. The 20-year-old Uruguayan international signed for Liverpool from his native Nacional and hailed the contribution of Suarez to secure his arrival. Coates and Suarez celebrated success on the international stage in the summer as Uruguay landed the Copa America and the defender was awarded young player of the tournament in Argentina. Coates said: ‘Luis told me a lot about Liverpool –…

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Everton Club Focus – Bare transfer window leaves Moyes to look at options already to hand

Considering Everton’s patchy start to the Premier League season, and the lack of funds that means new faces are unlikely as the transfer window draws to a close, David Moyes will now be faced with the task of getting more from the players he has at his disposal. The 2004 signing of Tim Cahill heralded the arrival of a 4-4-1-1 formation to Goodison Park, and Moyes has largely stuck by the same system for the last seven years. That Everton was a hard-working unit with more graft than craft, well-suited…

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Liverpool Club Focus – Enrique proving a bargain as Dalglish solves left-back problem

When Kenny Dalglish was appointed as Liverpool’s new manager in January, the well-respected Scot inherited a huge problem in the left-back position of an under-performing squad. Paul Konchesky failed to make the grade on Merseyside, while Fabio Aurelio’s fitness issues meant he could not be relied upon to fill the gap. Dalglish turned to right-back Glen Johnson and 17-year-old Jack Robinson in an attempt to solve the ‘left-back problem’. However, with Spanish defender Jose Enrique now on Liverpool’s books, Dalglish has arguably found a low-cost solution to a problem which…

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Chelsea news – Blues make £30m Ribery move, Pereira deal near, No Modric signing

Blues make £30m Ribery move. Chelsea made a shock £30m move for French midfielder Franck Ribery as they look to finalise a deal on transfer deadline day, The Sun reports. Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has turned to Ribery in his search for a world-class playmaker and is prepared to hand a pay deal to the Frenchman that will be worth £10m a year. Bayern are said to be holding out for a £36m deal and Chelsea must decide whether they match the German giants valuation. Chelsea tried to sign the…

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Arsenal news – Gunners seal £10m Park, Bendtner in Stoke talks, Sagna backs Wenger

Gunners seal £10m Park. Arsenal could end up paying up to £10m for Chu-Young Park to try to get the Korean off of national service, according to talkSPORT. Arsene Wenger jumped in to sign the striker moments before he was set to join Lille for £5m and now the 26-year-old has made the move from Monaco to the Gunners. But the player would only be at the Emirates for two years as he must do military service for his country before he turns 30, however, it is understood that if…

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Villarreal in surprise swoop for Real Zaragoza striker

Real Zaragoza striker Ikechukwu Uche could be set for a surprise move to Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine are prepared to pay up to €5m for the 27-year-old, who they would immediately send out on loan to Panathinaikos in a three-way deal. Villarreal have been on Uche’s trail for the past few seasons but a series of knee injuries, the first in only his second game for Zaragoza after a €5.5m move from Getafe in July, 2009, have seriously hampered his career at La Romareda. Although the Nigerian international has made…

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Fernando Gago set for Roma switch

Fernando Gago’s agent, Marcelo Lombilla, has told Gazzetta dello Sport that Roma and Real Madrid have reached agreement for the transfer of the 25-year-old midfielder on a season-long loan, with the Italians holding a €6m option to buy the player at the end of it. “Real Madrid have told me they have reached agreement with Roma but there is still nothing official,” said Lombilla. “We are awaiting a call from Mr. Sabatini, Roma’s director of football.” Hours earlier, Italian agent and intermediary Ernesto Bronzetti told Tele Radio Stereo 92.7: “At…

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Graham Carr’s scouting results in inspired signings at Newcastle

With the proceeds from the £35m Andy Carroll transfer swallowed up, coupled with the departures of Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, it’s safe to say that Newcastle’s summer has not gone according to plan. Or maybe it did, it is likely that Newcastle fans would have been expecting further disappointment, having become accustomed to broken promises and misinformation in recent years. The days of marquee signings like Alan Shearer and Michael Owen may be a thing of the past but when Newcastle have spent money recently, they have…

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