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 →
Tottenham Hotspur today announced that they have agreed a deal with Valencia for Roberto Soldado.
The Spanish striker is set to become Spurs’ third signing of the summer following the deals for Brazil international midfielder Paulinho and Belgium international winger Nacer Chadli. Soldado is set to undergo his medical in London in the next few days.
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado,” Spurs said.
The fee has not been disclosed but it is believed the White Hart Lane club have had meet the Spaniard’s buy-out clause of around £26 million to pry him away from cash-strapped Valencia.
Talks between the club appeared to break down last week with many feeling Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unwilling to pay the full asking price. But it appears the club’s desperation for more strike options has driven Levy… Continue reading →
After limping to safety with just a game to spare, Norwich were seen as being candidates to be part of the relegation dogfight ahead of the new season. Fast forward to just a few weeks before the new season and now Norwich can be seen as being a secure mid table club with aspirations for a top ten finish.
The signings of prolific Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel coupled with the capture of FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer and the signing of Blackburn left back Marcus Olsson has meant increased optimism at Carrow Road. This will only be increased by the signing of Gary Hooper for a fee of £5 million from Celtic as manager Chris Hughton adds increased firepower to his side.
The departure of former captain Grant Holt and released striker Simeon Jackson had meant that Hughton was short on strikers before he added the two top class… Continue reading →
Marco Verratti has agreed a new contract at Paris Saint Germain that will keep him at the club until 2018, according to his agent Donato Di Campli.
The Italian midfielder has been subject to interest from Italian side Napoli who recently claimed they were going to make him a “monstrous” offer to join them. This offer never materialised but Verratti expressed his desire to stay with the French champions anyway.
The Italy international played 39 times in total for PSG last season and is expected to be part of the Italian World Cup squad in Brazil next summer. He has also been linked with a move to Manchester United in the last few weeks but this announcement appears to have ended speculation of a move away.
20-year-old Verratti is often compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo so interest will always be high but he feels that he… Continue reading →
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 →