Marseille's France Under-21 international midfielder Matthieu Flamini
has joined Arsenal
. The 20-year-old played in last season's Uefa
Cup final against Valencia, and helped his country's Under-21s to victory in the Toulon tournament. According to French newspaper L'Equipe, there will
be no transfer fee as the 20-year-old had yet to sign a professional contract with Marseille. However, the Gunners will have to pay Marseille
compensation for Flamini - and coach Jose Anigo was not happy to lose the midfielder.
Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu
is keen to move to Aston Villa
, according to the player's agent. "He wants to see David O'Leary as
soon as possible. He thinks Juan Pablo Angel
and him can be a good combination," said agent Frank Sedoc.
has verbally agreed a new contract with Birmingham
. The Australian winger's current deal was due to expire in 2005, but
despite interest from elsewhere, he has decided to stay at St Andrews until 2006.
suffered minor injuries after being knocked off his bicycle by a car in Germany. The Turkish international
was cycling back to the team hotel in Waldhausen from the training camp when he was involved in the 'hit-and-run' incident. "Apart from cuts and
grazes to his arms and face, he escaped unharmed." said Rovers manager Graeme Souness.
New Manchester United
signing Gabriel Heinze
has been included in Argentina's squad for the Olympic Games. The news will be a bitter
blow to Sir Alex Ferguson, who will also be without Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo
because of Athens commitments. Both players could miss
four Premiership games as well as a Champions League qualifier.
lost 3-2 to Jianlibao, in sweltering heat, in the first game of their tour of China.
Benfica midfielder Tiago
has completed his move to Chelsea
after agreeing personal terms with the London club. The 23-year-old, who had
already passed his medical, has agreed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge with the fee thought to be about £10m.
have signed Finland winger Joonas Kolkka
on a three-year deal from Borussia Moenchengladbach. The 29-year-old, who joins
for an undisclosed fee, is Palace's fifth signing of the close-season.
Millwall's Tim Cahill
has agreed to join Everton
on a four-year deal. Cahill's proposed £2m move to Crystal Palace collapsed last week
after Eagles chairman Simon Jordan objected to the involvement of the player's agent. And Everton have put aside boardroom problems to move for the
Australian midfielder, who is expected to sign for the Merseyside club on Friday.
Unsettled Everton striker Tomasz Radzinski
is undergoing a medical at Fulham
ahead of his proposed move to Craven Cottage. The
30-year-old is expected to sign for the Cottagers at the weekend after the clubs agreed around a £1.75m fee.
have warned Barcelona that they will not be able to prise defender Sami Hyypia
away from Anfield. The Spanish giants are
reportedly interested in the Finland international after failing to sign Gabriel Milito from Real Zaragoza. A Liverpool club spokesman said: "Sami
Hyypia is just not for sale, it is as simple as that. And we have had no contact with Barcelona."
Egyptian striker Mido
will not be able to move to the Premiership until his club Marseille find a replacement for Chelsea-bound Didier Drogba.
The highly-rated 20-year-old has been linked with Manchester City, Southampton, Fulham and Newcastle. But his agent Christophe Henrotay said: "Until
someone comes in for Drogba, they don't want to let Mido go.
will host four of England's
five home World Cup 2006 qualifying games, including the opening home fixture against Wales.
hope to complete the signing of Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour
before the weekend. The 31-year-old is expected to join
Boro on a three-year contract with the Gunners receiving a fee of about £1.7m.
have signed Denmark defender Thomas Helveg
on a free transfer. The 33-year-old, who can also play in midfield, has signed a
two-year contract with the Premiership newcomers after leaving Inter Milan.
have decided not to pursue their interest in Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop
. The 26-year-old former Lens player had been
training with the Fratton Park outfit on a trial basis but boss Harry Redknapp has no plans to sign him.
Swedish midfielder Mikael Nilsson
will sign for Southampton
next week, three months earlier than anticipated. The 26-year-old had signed
a pre-contract agreement to join on a free transfer when his contract with Swedish club Halmstad expires in November. But Southampton have persuaded
Halmstad to release Nilsson in time for the start of the new Premiership season.
have agreed to sign Swiss Under-19 international Reto Ziegler
from Grasshoppers Zurich. The 18-year-old, who can play defence
or midfield, is currently at the European Under-19 Championship, where his country are in the semi-finals. "A lot of big clubs tried to sign him,"
said Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen. "I'm delighted we could."
West Brom's Andy Johnson
has signed a new two-year contract at The Hawthorns. The former Nottingham Forest player had been the subject
of interest from Leeds but his deal will keep him at the West Midlands club until 2006. "It was important we offered him this new contract so he can
fully concentrate on his role in the squad," said Baggies boss Gary Megson.
[Edited on 22/7/04 by TRD]