Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
Last updated 12 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
Samba joins QPR, Arsenal rope in Monreal as transfer window closes
February 02, 2013
 Print    Send to Friend

LONDON: Queens Park Rangers broke their transfer record to sign Christopher Samba and Arsenal swooped for Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal as the January transfer window clanged shut in England on Thursday.

QPR are currently four points from safety at the foot of the Premier League and manager Harry Redknapp hopes former Blackburn Rovers centre-back Samba will help to stiffen his side’s fragile defence.

The giant Congolese defender signed on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a reported fee of £12.5 million from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world to play football,” Samba told the QPR website.

“I’ve been linked with the club for a long time. With Harry here though, he is really passionate and he wants to do something with the club.”

Redknapp said: “Chris is just what we need. He’s a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He’s a proper centre-half.”

QPR also completed loan moves for Tottenham Hotspur midfielders Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend, while Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin was allowed to leave the club to join Italian side Palermo on loan.

One player unable to join QPR was West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie, who was reportedly denied entry to Loftus Road after apparently travelling to the club under his own steam in a bid to force a move through.

Late on Thursday, Arsenal announced a deal reportedly worth £8.3 million for Spain international left-back Monreal from Malaga. “We are delighted that Nacho Monreal has agreed to join us,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

“We have been monitoring him for some time now and are really pleased that we’ve been able to agree this move today (Thursday).”

Stoke City made two late moves in the transfer window, signing England international goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City and United States winger Brek Shea from FC Dallas. Butland, who was named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad earlier in the day, reportedly cost £3.5 million and will be loaned back to Birmingham until the end of the season.

“I feel very good. I’m glad to get it done, it’s the next step of my career and I’m looking forward to it,” Butland told Sky Sports News.

Sunderland announced the capture of Danny Graham in a £5 million switch from League Cup finalists Swansea City.

The 27-year-old striker, who had lost his place in the Swans’ starting XI to Spanish close-season signing Michu, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Stadium of Light.

“As soon as I heard about the interest from Sunderland, I didn’t even have to consider any of the other options that were on the table,” Graham told the Sunderland website.

“I was born and brought up in the north-east (of England) so I know first-hand the intense passion that people have for their football in this part of the world — it’s special and there’s nowhere else like it.”

The Premier League also bade farewell to trouble-prone Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who completed a £19 million move to AC Milan after falling out of favour at champions Manchester City.

Norwich City announced that they had agreed to sign Argentine forward Luciano Becchio from second-tier Leeds United in a part-exchange deal that will see Wales international striker Steve Morison move in the opposite direction.

The move, subject to the completion of the relevant paperwork, will see Becchio arrive at Carrow Road on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

“I cannot wait to play my first game for Norwich,” he told the club website.

Agence France-Presse


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Post a comment
Related Stories
Chelsea confident of new Terry deal in near future
LONDON: Chelsea are confident veteran defender John Terry will “amicably” agree a new contract in the near future, assistant coach Steve Holland said Friday. Former En..
West Ham’s Dylan Tombides dies after cancer battle
LONDON: Emerging Australian forward Dylan Tombides, who broke into the West Ham first-team squad while receiving cancer treatment, has died. He was 20. The English Pre..
Liverpool focus on Norwich
LONDON: Liverpool visit Norwich City this weekend, determined to maintain focus on the task in hand despite growing national excitement about their bid to be crowned Prem..
Blow to Barca's title hope as star forward Neymar and defender Alba ruled out for month with injuries
MADRID: A nightmare eight days for Barcelona was compounded on Thursday when forward Neymar and defender Jordi Alba were ruled out for up to a month with foot and thigh m..
Juve begin countdown to third consecutive title
MILAN: Juventus will look to a possible slip-up by closest challengers Roma at Fiorentina as the Turin giants begin the countdown to claiming a third consecutive Serie A ..
Advertise | Copyright