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Wigan Bag Barnett

Wigan boss Owen Coyle yesterday, secured the services of former Norwich centre half Leon Barnett. The Englishman, who at 28 years of age should be reaching the peak of his career, gives Coyle his 9th signing of the summer for an undisclosed fee. The new addition to the squad joins former England keeper Scott Carson who makes his return to England from Turkey with former Blackpool left back Steven Crainey, former Celtic centre back Thomas Rogne, James Perch who has joined from Newcastle, Honduras defender Juan Carlos Garcia, former Burnley midfielder Chris McCann who links up with his old boss and strikers Grant Holt and Marc Antoine Fortune who both leave Premier League clubs in Norwich and West Brom respectively to join the Latics.

The former Norwich centre back, which finished last season on loan in the Championship, with eventual winners Cardiff, will provide another dimension to the Latics squad.… Continue reading →

QPR Complete Austin Swoop

This afternoon, Queens Park Rangers have secured the signing of prolific Burnley striker Charlie Austin. The former Poole Town and Swindon frontman has been at the centre of attention during the transfer window after his move to Premier League new boys Hull City fell through as a result of Austin failing his medical due to a past knee injury.

After the hoops missed out on other strike target Gary Hooper who made a late move to Norwich, manager Harry Redknapp has moved to bolster his attacking options with the signing of the former Burnley striker.  The signing of the Englishman follows Redknapp adding free agent Richard Dunne, former Newcastle right back Danny Simpson and former Wolves central midfielder Karl Henry to his squad as he looks to shape it ready for a promotion charge.

With the uncertainty surrounding the future of forward Loic Remy, Redknapp has moved to ensure that… Continue reading →

Holden Suffers Serious Injury

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a second serious knee injury in the space of a little over two years on Sunday when playing for the US national side in a Gold Cup tie with Panama.

Holden, 27, was forced off in the first half of United States’ 1-0 victory, leading to much concern from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann over his condition.

Unfortunately, scans revealed a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee. The problems began back in March 2011 with an initial six-month lay-off, before an aborted comeback attempt led to a further 16 months out of action.

Holden finally seemed back in business when returning in January of this year, but his luck deserted him once more on Sunday.

Despite his latest setback, the American exclaimed he’d ‘rise again’ on Twitter in response to numerous well-wishes. How long the process will take is undetermined at this time, but… Continue reading →

Jose Bosingwa leaves QPR

 

Queens Park Rangers right-back Jose Bosingwa has left the club by mutual consent and now looks close to completing a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor.

 

The Portuguese defender joined QPR last summer after being released by Chelsea and was one of Mark Hughes’ marquee signings. But his status and high wages were not reflected in his performances and Rangers were relegated, with many feeling players like Bosingwa couldn’t care less just as long as they picked up their pay packet at the end of each week.

 

His reportedly astronomical wages and the disharmony he brought to the squad were the main reasons new manager Harry Redknapp wanted to offload the full-back as quickly as possible this summer and he can now build a squad that he feels can guide the club back to the Premier League.

 

Bosingwa played 24 times for the club last season but… Continue reading →

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