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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Football news and rumors 22/07/04

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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 04:49 PM
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.

Stan Lazaridis 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.

Blackburn midfielder Tugay 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.

Charlton 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.

Crystal Palace 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.

Liverpool 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.

Old Trafford will host four of England's five home World Cup 2006 qualifying games, including the opening home fixture against Wales.

Middlesbrough 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.

Norwich 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.

Portsmouth 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.

Tottenham 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.


BBC Sport

[Edited on 22/7/04 by TRD]


posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 05:33 PM

Portsmouth 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.

That was a complete waste of time then. It was all over the papers today and they were expected to sign him. Guess he wasn't as good as they thought at first.


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