Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is reportedly weighing up a move for former Arsenal medio Fran Merida. The Spaniard was once tipped by Arsene Wenger to be the next Cesc Fabregas, but hasn’t quite fulfilled his potential and after spells with the Gunners, Atleti, Hercules, Atletico Paranaense and Huesca, is currently plying his trade with Osasuna in the Spanish second tie. The club, despite Merida’s best efforts, were relegated from La Liga last season.
Leeds are currently joint top of the Championship table, having beaten Ipswich 3-2 over the weekend, but Christiansen has earmarked several targets to strengthen his squad in the winter, with the club having narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season after finishing 7th.
The Whites are currently in Wales preparing for a midweek Championship fixture against Cardiff City.
According to reports, Diego Costa rejected an offer to stay in the Premier League, snubbing Everton in favour of a return to his former club Atletico Madrid.
The Toffees, who have been one of the highest spenders in the recently concluded summer transfer window, had an ambitious £66m bid accepted by the Blues, but Costa felt his career would be better served in Madrid rather than on Merseyside, and rejected Ronald Koeman’s side.
Koeman also tried to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in the recently concluded window, but failed.
Everton currently have only two wins from six Premier League games, with Oumar Niasse’s double over the weekend against Bournemouth effectively saving their manager from the drop (also their first league goals in over a month)
In demand Leipzig striker Timo Werner has indicated that he may be open to a move to the Premier League next summer. The 21 year old was one of the cornerstones of Leipzig’s success last season (they finished second behind Bayern and ahead of more fancied teams like Dortmund and Leverkusen) and played in their first ever Champions League game against Monaco last night. Team-mate Naby Keita has already agreed a move to Liverpool and Werner might choose to follow the former north to England. Continue reading “Timo Werner indicates he might be open to Premier League switch next summer”
West Bromwich Albion have officially confirmed the signing of Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal for a fee of 7 million pounds. Gibbs has served Arsenal loyally over the last decade, and leaves the club on good terms, evinced by the many positive reactions on Twitter. He has had some great moments in the Gunners jersey- most prominent among them being this volley goal vs Swansea. There have been some not so-great moments as well- remember him slipping and Man Utd’s Park Ji Sung taking advantage of it to score?
Gibbs has seen Shaw and Rose overtake him at national level and will be hopeful that his stint at the Hawthorns gets him back in an England jersey.
Marvin Sordell has joined Colchester United on a free transfer after being released by Burnley. Sordell, 24, will be with Colchester till the end of the current season.
Sordell, a Watford academy graduate who has represented England at U21 level and played for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, said he was not concerned about dropping down leagues.
I’m not one of those who’s bothered whether he’s playing in front of 90,000 like I did for Team GB or 3,000 or 5,000 at Colchester. I’m like a five or 10-year-old who just wants to play football.
The choice was stay at Burnley and probably not play, or come and play some football
Sordell made 14 appearances for Burnley Continue reading “Marvin Sordell Colchester- former England U21 striker joins League One outfit”
Javier Hernandez has become the latest player to leave Man Utd after completing a transfer to Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. The Mexican forward has not started a game for LVG’s men in the last year, and has moved for a fee of £7.3m. Hernandez made over 150 appearances for United since joining them from Chivas in 2010, and scored 59 times for the Red Devils Continue reading “Chicharito Leverkusen- Man Utd exodus continues as Hernandez leaves”
Dortmund have completed the signing of Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj on a season long loan. The move will re-united Januzaj with former Manchester United teammate Shinji Kagawa, who is currently at the Westfalenstadion.
Januzaj has three years left on his current deal with Manchester United. The arrival of Januzaj is set to allow Jakub Blaszczykowski and Kevin Grosskreutz moves away from Dortmund.
Januzaj is set to wear the No.9 jersey at Dortmund Continue reading “Adnan Januzaj Dortmund 2015- Januzaj joins BVB on loan”
Sunderland have completed the signing of Swedish star Ola Toivonen on a season long loan from Stade Rennais. The move re-unites Toivonen, who can play both as an attacking midfielder and a a striker, with Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who coached the former when he was at PSV Eindhoven.
Advocaat has publicly hit out at Sunderland’s transfer spending in recent years, saying that “crazy spending” on “lower than adverage” players has left him handicapped in the current transfer window.
Rangers have completed the signing of Gedion Zelalem on loan from Arsenal. The 18 year old was born in Germany, but raised in the United States, and played for them in the U20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.
Rangers currently compete in the Scottish Championship, the second tier of Scottish League football. Zelalem will be on loan at Ibrox till January 2016. Continue reading “Zelalem Rangers Loan Deal- Arsenal loan out USA youngster”
Former West Ham forward Alessandro Diamanti has joined Watford on a season long loan from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. Diamanti becomes Watford’s 12th signing of the summer. He was part of the Italian squad that finished runners up behind Spain at Euro 2012.