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Confirmed Transfers 19/20

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by King Binny, May 9, 2019.

  1. keniget

    keniget Part of the Furniture Member

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    Yeah seems dodgy.

    There’s no reason to give Chelsea their money back.
     
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    I will do.

    But there's an 18 year old midfielder from Hungary at RB too - I think he'll be a star in a few years.

    Dominik Szoboszlai.

    Look out for him.
     
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  3. King Binny

    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    David Raya - Brentford (£3m)

    Article:
    Brentford have completed the signing of goalkeeper David Raya from Blackburn Rovers. The 23-year-old finalised his move this morning, Saturday, 6 July, signing a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee. The Spanish stopper has joined up with his new teammates in time for this week’s pre-season Training Camp in Austria.

    Brentford FC Head Coach, Thomas Frank, said: “I am very pleased to have David here. He is a very good goalkeeper and fits the profile of player that we want at Brentford. On the pitch, he is a young goalkeeper who comes here after two good seasons at Blackburn Rovers. He can play out from the back and is happy covering the space in behind, allowing us to play with a high line. We are 100 per cent sure that coming here, and working with Iñaki Caña, he can take his game to the highest level. Off the pitch, he has the character and the desire that we want to see in all players coming to Brentford.”

    Raya joined Rovers in 2012 following a youth career with UE Cornella in his native Barcelona. A loan spell at Conference National side Southport in September 2014 gave Raya his first senior game time. The then 19-year-old would go on to play 24 times for the Sandgrounders, drawing national acclaim for his performances during an FA Cup Third Round tie against Derby County the following January. After returning to Ewood Park, Raya kept a clean sheet on his Sky Bet Championship debut as Rovers beat Leeds United 3-0 in April 2015.

    The next two seasons brought about a further ten second tier appearances before Raya assumed the number one shirt at the start of the 2016/17 season. The Spaniard missed just one league match as Rovers stormed to promotion from Sky Bet League One, keeping 17 clean sheets in the process. Last season, Raya made 41 league appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side back in the Championship, keeping ten clean sheets. In total, he arrives at Griffin Park having made 108 appearances during his time in Lancashire.

    Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, Phil Giles, said: “Having sold Daniel Bentley last week, it was clearly important to add another quality goalkeeper as quickly as possible. David was our first choice and he was keen to come and work with Inaki and the rest of the staff and players too. We wish him well during his time with us".


    Stephen Henderson - Crystal Palace (free transfer)

    Article: Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has signed for Crystal Palace on a season-long deal.

    Henderson joins the club as a free agent following recent spells at Nottingham Forest, and loans at Pompey and Wycombe Wanderers.

    A product of Aston Villa’s youth academy, Henderson made his professional debut in 2007 for Bristol City and has since played for clubs including West Ham United, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.

    A professional for more than 13 years, the 31-year-old ‘keeper brings a wealth of experience to SE25 and said upon signing: “It’s a privileged position so I’m delighted to get it over the line. I spoke to Dean Kiely and he said: ‘Do you fancy coming in and having the opportunity to work with the lads?’ Obviously it’s a no-brainer and I jumped at the opportunity.

    "Training [on Friday] was absolutely excellent. The goalkeepers are at a very high standard which is what I expected so I’m just going to take it all in and learn from them and try to support them as best I can. Just seeing this morning on my first day, the standards are what I expected from two top Premier League goalkeepers.

    "I’ve played at Selhurst Park in recent years and it’s a very daunting ground to play at. The fans are known for their home and away support but particularly at Selhurst so it would be amazing to witness it first hand."

    Henderson travelled with Roy Hodgson's squad to Switzerland today for the upcoming pre-season tour.
     
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  4. King Binny

    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Real Sociedad - Martin Odegaard (loan)



    Ishak and now Odegaard. Sociedad banking on youths?
     
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    Great deal for Ødegaard. Extended his Real contract with two years and will now be loaned out to Sociedad for two years.

    Hopefully this will be a very good experience for him and a great place to develop further.
     
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    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Theo Hernández - AC Milan (reportedly €20m)

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    AC Milan (the Club) announces the agreement with Real Madrid Club de Fùtbol for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of Theo Bernard Franҫois Hernández (Theo Hernández). The French left-back joins the Club on a permanent deal, penning a five-year contract until 30 June 2024. AC Milan has filed the contract and in the next 48 hours will complete the international transfer through the FIFA TMS system.

    Born in Marseille on October 6, 1997, Theo came through the youth ranks of Atletico Madrid and made his début in the Spanish Club’s second team in 2015. In the next season, he moved to Deportivo Alavés on loan, making 38 appearances and scoring two goals for the club. In the summer of 2017, he signed with Real Madrid FC collecting 23 appearances and winning one European Super Cup, one Spanish Super Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and one UEFA Champions League. During the 2018-2019 season, he featured 28 times for Real Sociedad, scoring one goal.

    Over his professional career, he has made 69 appearances in the Spanish Liga, 3 in the UEFA Champions League, 16 in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup. To date, Theo is the youngest defender with at least 50 appearances in the Spanish Liga since 2016/17, his début season.


    Ricardo Rodriguez on the move?
     
  7. Kay Age El

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    Cheers mate!

    This Maurits lad is an attacking central midfielder mind with a very decent shot. People talks about that he scores more from direct free kicks than he misses.
     
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    Herbert Bockhorn - Huddersfield (undisclosed fee)

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    Huddersfield Town has completed the signing of defender Herbert Bockhorn on a permanent transfer from Borussia Dortmund II.

    The 24-year-old right back joins the Terriers for a fee that will remain undisclosed and puts pen-to-paper on a two-year contract, with the Club having an option on an extension into the 2021/22 season.

    Herbert is well known to Town’s Head Coach Jan Siewert, having worked under his stewardship at Dortmund for two seasons.

    Bockhorn, who can also feature at left back or on the wing, came through the Werder Bremen Academy and previously played for SC Wiedenbrück.

    Huddersfield Town’s Head Coach Jan Siewert commented:

    “It’s great that we can welcome Herbert to Huddersfield Town today.

    “He has some very interesting qualities as a player. His versatility is a real asset; he can play at full back on either side and on the wing, so he’s a great player to have in our squad.

    “The move to the Sky Bet Championship is a definite step up in quality for him but he is a player I know well, and I believe he will be a success here.”


    Ross McCrorie - Portsmouth (loan)

    Article: Pompey have signed Ross McCrorie on a season-long loan deal from Rangers.

    The 21-year-old midfielder is a graduate of the Scottish side’s academy and the switch is subject to international clearance.

    Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “We’re pleased to bring Ross to the club. He’s a ‘number four’ player in the Tom Naylor mould.

    “He’s a strong tackler, a leader and has a really good attitude, with an impressive range of passing.

    “Ross adds plenty of attributes to our squad and is a highly-rated player, so we’re grateful that Rangers have left him come south.

    “We look forward to working with him and seeing him develop. We think he can fit into our side as we aim to have a strong season.”

    McCrorie had loan spells with Ayr and Dumbarton before making his senior Rangers debut in a 3-1 League Cup victory at Partick in September 2017.

    The Scotland youth international has made a total of 54 appearances for the Glasgow giants and appeared in several Europa League matches last term.

    McCrorie’s twin brother Robby is a Rangers goalkeeper, but it was Ross who went between the sticks against Hibs at Ibrox back in May.

    The hosts saw regular stopper Allan McGregor sent off in the closing stages after all substitutions had been made, but Pompey’s latest signing helped secure a clean sheet.
     
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    Jordan Rossiter - Fleetwood Town (loan)

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    Fleetwood Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter.

    The Cod Army beat a host of clubs to the signature of the 23-year-old, with the former Liverpool man joining on a season-long loan deal from the Scottish Premiership side.

    The midfielder started off his career in Merseyside, where he joined the famous Reds academy at the age of six.

    The Liverpudlian made his debut eleven years later against Middlesborough, scoring the first goal in the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

    Rossiter joined Rangers from Liverpool in 2016, and has recently had a loan spell at now League One side Bury – after he played a vital role in The Shakers winning the League Two title, scoring on the final day of the season against Port Vale.

    He becomes Town’s fifth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Danny Andrew, Josh Morris, Paul Coutts and most recently, Lewie Coyle.

    Rossiter will link up with the team on their week-long pre-season training camp in Portugal.

    Jordan will wear the number 16 shirt for the upcoming season.


    Charlie Gilmour - Norwich (free transfer)

    Article: Former Arsenal youngster Charlie Gilmour has signed for Norwich City on a two-year contract with a year option, the Club are delighted to announce.

    The 20-year-old defensive midfielder joined the Gunners in 2006 and left the Club in June after 13 years in north London.

    He made his first-team debut for the Club in November last year, playing the last 14 minutes of a 3–0 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League.

    Gilmour is a Scotland youth international, having also represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.
     
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    Filip Krovinovic - West Brom (loan)

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    Albion have today signed Filip Krovinović on a season-long loan from Benfica.

    The creative and versatile midfielder will become the first Croatian to play for the Baggies, just weeks after fellow countryman Slaven Bilić was appointed Head Coach at The Hawthorns.

    The 23-year-old earned caps with Croatia U19s and U21s, and won promotion in his home country with NK Zagreb before joining Rio Ave in Portugal four years ago.

    He has 19 first-team appearances to his name at Benfica after joining the Portuguese giants in 2017.

    Albion’s Technical Director Luke Dowling is confident the move will be a positive one for all parties.

    He said: “Filip is a bright, energetic player who is looking forward to representing this football club and everyone here is delighted to have him with us, especially Slaven Bilić.

    “It’s great that Filip is here in time to travel to our pre-season training camp in Spain. That trip will help build his fitness alongside his new team-mates, who he can also begin to get to know.

    “Filip has gained good experience representing Benfica and we hope he will continue to develop as a player during his time at The Hawthorns.”


    Ander Iturraspe - Espanyol (free transfer)

    Article: Espanyol have completed the signing of Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe on a one-year contract, the club have confirmed.

    The holding midfielder has spent the entirety of his professional career at the Basque club - scoring three goals across 320 appearances since his first-team debut in the 2008/09 campaign.

    Following the 2013–14 season, Iturraspe was called up by Spanish national team manager Vicente Del Bosque to his 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

    However, despite playing the full 90 minutes in a friendly victory over Bolivia - his first of two caps - the midfielder did not make the final squad for the tournament.

    It had been confirmed in May that the midfielder would be departing alongside fellow long-serving midfielders Mikel Rico and Markel Susaeta this summer.

    Iturraspe is the second summer arrival at the RCDE Stadium following the deal to land central defender Bernardo from fellow Catalan club Girona.

    Espanyol will be competing in Europe next season for the first time since losing the 2007 UEFA Cup final against Sevilla.


    Renan Lodi - Atlético de Madrid (reportedly €25m)

    Article: Atlético de Madrid and Club Athletico Paranaense have formalized the preliminary agreement that both clubs reached over the transfer of Renan Lodi. The Brazilian has already signed a six-year contract with our club after passing the medical at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.

    After passing the medical, the Brazilian answered the journalists' questions.

    “I’m very happy to be here and arrive to a big club. I’m very happy to be able to work alongside Simeone, he is one of the best coaches,” Lodi said.

    Renan Lodi (Serrana, Sao Paulo, 04/08/1998) is a fast and versatile left-back. He has played 49 official games at Athlético Paranaense, scoring four goals and providing eight assists in the process. The Brazilian has participated in three of the most demanding competitions in South America: the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana – which he won in 2018 – and Recopa Sudamericana.

    Welcome, Renan!
     
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    Michael Clegg - Man Utd (First-team Strength and Power Coach)
    Ed Leng - Man Utd (First-team Lead Sports Scientist)
    Richard Hartis - Man Utd (Senior Goalkeeping Coach)
    Article: Manchester United can confirm two more appointments in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new-look staff at the Aon Training Complex.

    Former Reds defender Michael Clegg is the new first-team strength and power coach, while Ed Leng has been recruited as the first-team lead sports scientist. Confirmation of their arrivals follows last month's announcement that Richard Hartis has rejoined the club in the role of senior goalkeeping coach.

    “We’ve got some ex-Manchester United people, even ex-players,“ Ole revealed in our exclusive pre-season interview.

    “We’ve got Mike Clegg, who I played with. I worked under his dad [Mick] when he was a coach in the gym here.

    ”We’ve got Richard [Hartis] who I have worked with before for seven or eight years, so I’m really close to him.

    “And Ed has come in as well, in that group of people. He's not a Man United guy but he has worked with Warren Joyce, who is of course a United guy, and I worked with him. They all know what the club is about and what I’m about. They are great people for me to bring in.”



    Matt Taylor - Tottenham (Under-18s Coach)
    Ryan Mason - Tottenham (Academy Coach)
    Nigel Gibbs - Tottenham (Assistant Head of Player Development, Under-17 to Under-23)

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    We are pleased to announce the appointments of Matt Taylor, Ryan Mason and Nigel Gibbs to our Academy coaching team, with existing members of staff Chris Riley and Troy Archibald-Henville assuming revised roles to support the older players in the Academy.

    An experienced former midfielder, Matt has enjoyed an extensive playing career that has taken him across the Premier League and Football League structure, representing Luton Town, Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, Burnley, Northampton Town and, most recently, Swindon Town, where he served as a player-coach. The 37-year-old joins us full-time as our new Under-18s Coach.

    Former England international midfielder Ryan needs no introduction. A product of our Academy system, he established himself as a key player in our first team under Mauricio Pochettino, making 70 appearances and scoring four goals, before joining Hull City in 2016. Following his injury-enforced retirement as a player, the 28-year-old has been regularly involved alongside our Academy staff on youth team matchdays over the last year while working through his coaching badges. He now officially joins us as Academy Coach, with responsibility for our Under-19 UEFA Youth League side.

    Former Watford defender and experienced coach Nigel returns to us as Assistant Head of Player Development, Under-17 to Under-23. Nigel has previously worked with us in a similar role, around senior coaching appointments at Leeds United, Millwall, Swansea City and Reading.


    Chris is a former apprentice and young professional with us, who returned a number of years ago as a sports science intern and became the fitness coach for our Under-18s. He is now working his way through his coaching licences and will support our coaching team alongside his existing role.

    Fellow Academy product Troy returned to us last year in a part-time coaching role, having represented Exeter City, Swindon Town and Carlisle United during his professional playing career. He now moves to a full-time position, where he will continue to work with our younger age groups but will additionally be responsible for taking senior Academy players from the Under-18s and Under-23s under his wing in a pastoral development role.

    John McDermott, Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development, said of the new appointments: “We have always tried to assemble a blend of staff who know what the demands of the game are at the highest level. It’s also important to have a mix of experience through internal promotions and external appointments, including coaches who have recently retired and are current with the modern player, plus coaches who have been in the cauldron of professional football – not just Academy football – and can pass on their wisdom of what the real game expects in terms of behaviour and performance. All five of these members of staff understand the incredible standards set for young and senior players at this club and they will be invaluable in driving our players to become the best young men and players that they can be. Four of these staff have spent many years at the Club and know how we function. Only Matt is completely new to the fold, so the experience for the players will be seamless.”
     
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    Youri Tielemans - Leicester (£40m)

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    Leicester City Football Club have agreed terms with AS Monaco for the transfer of midfielder Youri Tielemans for an undisclosed fee, subject to Premier League and international clearance.

    The 22-year-old has signed a four-year deal after a highly impressive loan spell with the Foxes during the second half of last season and becomes the third arrival of the summer after James Justin and Ayoze Pérez.

    The talented Belgium international has represented his country 23 times,
    including at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    He has also made over 250 senior appearances in the top divisions of Belgium, France and England and is widely considered to be of the most exciting young talents in European football.

    His brilliant Premier League performances in 2018/19 – which saw him score three goals and assist four in 13 appearances – attracted the attention of a host of Europe’s top clubs, but it is with Leicester City that Tielemans has chosen to commit his future.

    Speaking to LCFC.com, Tielemans said: “It is such a great feeling to sign for this Football Club. Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player.

    “I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I really can’t wait to get started again with this Club and do everything I can to help my team-mates.”

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said: “I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey. It’s an incredibly exciting time for this Football Club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.

    “Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City.”

    Born in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw in Belgium, Tielemans is a product of the youth academy at Anderlecht, where he signed his first professional contract in July 2013, aged just 16. A debut in the UEFA Champions League against Olympiakos came three months later as he became the youngest Belgian player to ever feature in the competition.

    Tielemans made 185 appearances for Anderlecht in all competitions over four seasons, scoring 35 goals, and helped the side to two Belgian Pro League titles. He also made rapid progress individually too, as in his first two seasons, he was voted Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year and, in 2016/17, Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year.

    After moving to AS Monaco in the summer of 2017, he made his debut for the club against Paris Saint-Germain and went on to appear 35 times for the side in his first season.

    His performances in the French top tier continued to catch the eye last term, as he scored five goals in just 20 Ligue 1 appearances from midfield before joining Leicester City on loan in January 2019.

    He made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in February and his quick adaptation to the demands of the Premier League soon established him as a fans’ favourite.

    His first goal came in a 3-1 win over Fulham at King Power Stadium, while he added further strikes against Huddersfield and Arsenal to end the campaign with three goals and four assists in just 13 games.

    At international level, Tielemans made his debut for Belgium in November 2016 and has gone on to feature for them 23 times. He was also part of the Belgium squad that finished third at the 2018 World Cup – starting in both victories against England in Russia.

    He will now link up with the rest of the Leicester City squad in France for a training camp as preparations continue for the 2019/20 Premier League season.
     
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    Tyrone Mings - Aston Villa (reportedly £26.5m)

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    Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Tyrone Mings from AFC Bournemouth.

    The 26-year-old defender arrives on a permanent deal having spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa Park.

    Mings quickly became a fans’ favourite during his temporary stint, helping Villa clinch promotion to the Premier League, making 18 appearances and contributing two goals along the way as the team went on a record-breaking 10-match winning run.

    Head Coach Dean Smith said: “We’re really pleased to have Tyrone back at Aston Villa on a permanent basis. I think everybody could see the connection that he made with the club as a whole and it is excellent news that we can continue the relationship in the Premier League.

    “He will be an integral part of the squad for the new season and I look forward to working with him and helping to further develop his game.”

    Mings will join the rest of the squad on the US Tour which begins later this week


    Aston Villa doing a Fulham?
     
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    Morten Thorsby - Sampdoria

    Article: Morten Thorsby is finally in Genoa, having signed his Sampdoria contract on 11 January and, after a six-month wait, is now ready to embark on a new adventure with the club. “Coming to Sampdoria wasn’t a difficult choice. It’s a huge club, with so much history and the most beautiful kit in the world,” the midfielder told the club’s media team in Italian, having studied the language to prepare himself in the best possible way for this new adventure. “Playing in Serie A is a dream come true. What sort of player am I? A dynamic box-to-box midfielder. I like to get into the box and score goals, but I also contribute a lot in defence.”

    “It’s really special to be the first Norwegian player at Sampdoria and something I respect,” added the 23-year-old. “I’ll do everything to give a good impression for Norwegian players’ sake. When I was young, like a lot of Scandinavians, I watched the Premier League and my team was Arsenal, with players like [Tomas] Rosicky and Abou Diaby. They were my stars and the ones I looked up to, but, of course, I also watched Serie A and the players here, so it’s really special to be here. I’m really looking forward to beginning to work on the pitch alongside my new team-mates.”


    Eusebio Di Francesco - Sampdoria

    Article: Eusebio Di Francesco talks about how he ended up in his new role, his ambitions and his desire to get started and feel the electric Marassi atmosphere in his first official club interview as Sampdoria boss. “I’m delighted to have joined Sampdoria,” stated Di Francesco from his home village of Sambuceto, which is just a stone’s throw from Pescara. “I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm from the club, starting from president Ferrero, who was determined to get me. Now it’s down to me. We can achieve big things together.”
     
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    20 to 25 mill £ for Mings is insane. Bonkers!
     
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    Pontus Jansson - Brentford (undisclosed fee)

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    Brentford have completed the signing of Pontus Jansson from Sky Bet Championship rivals Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. The Swedish international central defender completed a medical in central London earlier today, Monday 8 July, before signing a three-year contract. There is also a Club option of an extra year to keep Pontus with The Bees until June 2023.

    Pontus joins The Bees with three years of Championship experience under his belt. He has been first choice for Leeds since arriving from Torino in 2016. He spent the first year on loan with the Yorkshire side before completing a permanent move in 2017. He leaves Leeds having played 120 games for them in all competitions.

    The form of the defender last season helped Leeds to finish third in the Championship, albeit the season ended with Pontus injured and unable to play as the Yorkshire side lost to Derby County in the Play-Offs. He was named in the Championship PFA Team of the Season and scored three goals in 39 league games. One of those goals earned Leeds a point against Brentford at Elland Road and he scored nine in total for United.

    Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “We are very pleased with Pontus’ arrival. The defence is an area that we have been looking to strengthen and we feel that Pontus will bring a lot to the group. Pontus will add to the quality and competition for places that we need to adapt to different situations over the course of the season.

    “Pontus is a top defender who brings immense professionalism, a great attitude, experience, defensive robustness, leadership qualities, and threat from set pieces to our side. Everyone knows about the Brentford model but to develop the young players we have here, we also need experience and quality in the squad to get the perfect balance. To have someone with his CV turn down other offers to join us shows where we stand as a club now.”

    Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: "Pontus is not a player we have been tracking for some time. In fact, it was only very recently that we were alerted to his availability and reacted quickly to the opportunity. It says a lot about Pontus that he chose to sign for Brentford as much as we chose to sign him. There is a mutual feeling that we can be successful together, and we wish him well during his time with us."

    Pontus started his professional career with Malmö Fotbollförening in his native Sweden after joining them at the age of 15. Malmö won the Swedish top division title three times during Pontus’ time with them and he also earned his first Sweden caps having also played for his country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. Pontus then spent two years with Torino in Italy and played 25 games in all competitions, including 16 in Serie A.

    Pontus has earned 22 caps for his country and has captained Sweden in the past year. He was part of the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and played in the Quarter Final defeat to England a year ago. He started for Sweden in their recent UEFA Euro 2020 qualification matches against Malta and Spain.

    After completing a medical earlier today and formalising his move, Pontus has begun preparations to join the Brentford squad at their training camp in Austria. Pontus is set to fly out tomorrow, Tuesday, and should be part of the training group later this week.


    Liam Kelly - Feyenoord (undisclosed fee)

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    Midfielder Liam Kelly has agreed to a permanent move away from the Madejski to join Dutch side Feyenoord.

    Now managed by former Royals boss Jaap Stam, the Dutch top flight side finished third in the Eredivisie last season and welcome Kelly into their squad at De Kuip.

    Kelly, who turns 24 years of age in November, came right through the Academy ranks at Reading and after a loan spell with Bath City in the National League South, he made his first team debut under Stam as a second half substitute in a 2-2 EFL Cup draw with MK Dons in August 2016.

    He impressed playing the style of football Stam introduced at Reading, but the diminutive playmaker couldn’t make the same impact last season, making the last of his 19(+3) appearances in a 4-0 defeat at Bramall Lane in mid-February.

    Kelly scored nine goals for the club in total, finding the net once last season in a 3-2 win over Bristol City - the same scoreline and opposition against whom he had recorded his first professional goal almost two years previously.

    Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to thank Liam for his effort and commitment to the club and we wish him the very best of luck in Holland and in his future career.

    We can also confirm that it has been mutually agreed that young Dutch defender Darren Sidoel will part company with the Royals in advance of the expiration of his contract with the club. We wish Darren the very best of luck in pursuing the next chapter in his fledgling career.



    David Marshall - Wigan (free transfer)

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    Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm goalkeeper David Marshall as the club’s first summer signing, with the experienced stopper signing a two-year deal at the DW Stadium.

    Scotland international Marshall has recently left Hull City after three seasons with The Tigers, including one in the Premier League.

    Previously, Marshall had won promotion from the second tier to the top flight with Cardiff City, where he played 291 times over seven seasons and won the Player of the Year award in the Bluebirds’ 2013-14 Premier League campaign.

    Marshall is a former teammate of Latics’ Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) and Danny Fox (Scotland) and brings with him a wealth of Championship experience, having played 10 of his 12 seasons in England in the second tier, following his move south of the border from Celtic.


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    Erik Pieters - Burnley (£1m plus add ons up to £0.5m)

    Article: Dutch international defender Erik Pieters has become the Clarets’ first summer signing.

    The Stoke City defender, 30, has signed a two-year deal with a further one-year option and has joined up with Sean Dyche’s squad on their pre-season training trip to Portugal.

    The vastly experienced Pieters spent six years in the Potteries, where he made over 150 Premier League appearances, mainly at left back, after signing from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.

    The six-foot defender made a total of 206 appearances in all competitions for Stoke, before spending the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan to French Ligue 1 side Amiens, where he started 14 Ligue 1 ganes.

    Pieters is a graduate of the famed Academy of FC Utrecht, and after two seasons and 64 games for the Dutch side earned a high-profile move to PSV Eindhoven in 2013.

    It was at PSV that he established himself at the top level, making 140 appearances for the European heavyweights, where he starred domestically and also in both the Champions League and Europa League.

    Pieters also forged his way into the Dutch national side, where he earned 18 full caps for his country having formerly been a key member of the Netherlands' Under 21 European Championship-winning side in 2007.

    He joined Stoke City in 2013 and firmly established himself in the Premier League, cementing himself as the club’s first choice left-back.

    Pieters now joins the Clarets to provide competition with Charlie Taylor for the left-back spot at Turf Moor following the departure of Stephen Ward this summer.
     
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    Edu - Arsenal (Technical Director)

    Article: Edu is joining us from the Brazilian Football Confederation as our first technical director.

    The former Gunner - a member of the Invincibles - comes to us straight after helping Brazil win their first Copa America in 12 years. He will be on the flight to the United States as our pre-season tour gets underway on Thursday.

    In his role as technical director, Edu will coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of our squad.

    Head of football Raul Sanllehi said: “We’re very excited that Edu is joining the team. He has great experience and technical football knowledge and most importantly is a true Arsenal man. He understands the club and what we stand for to our millions of fans around the world.

    “His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward. He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision and ensuring we have - and follow - a solid philosophy through all our football activities.”

    Edu said: “Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role. We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”

    Edu spent five seasons with us from 2001, making 30 appearances in our 2003/04 unbeaten season. A hugely-talented midfielder and fans’ favourite, Edu represented Brazil 22 times and also had two spells with Corinthians and played for Valencia under Emery.

    After ending his playing career in 2010, he became Corinthians director of football and has been the general coordinator of the Brazil national team, a role similar to the one he’s taken with us, since 2016.


    Jay Rodriguez - Burnley (£10m)

    Article: Burnley-born Jay Rodriguez has returned home after the Clarets swooped to sign the striker from West Bromwich Albion.

    The 29-year-old, who began his career within the Academy at Turf Moor, has signed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee, with further one-year option.

    The move completes the circle for Rodriguez, who left for Southampton in 2012 in a then record deal, having scored 41 goals in 129 appearances during his first spell with Burnley and earned England U21 recognition.

    Rodriguez also earned a full England cap in 2013, when he appeared for the Three Lions against Chile at Wembley Stadium.

    And after putting pen to paper on his new deal, bringing to an end a two-year spell with the Baggies, Sean Dyche’s second summer signing flew to Portugal on Monday evening to join fellow new boy Erik Pieters and the rest of the Clarets squad.

    The Burnley fans’ love affair with ‘one of their own’ was instant, from the moment the rookie front-man graduated through the ranks to make the Burnley first team in 2007.

    Following a loan spell with Stirling Albion in the second half of the season, he scored his first Burnley goal by grabbing the winner against Fulham in the League Cup in September, 2008.

    The goals soon flowed, although Rodriguez was used sparingly during the Clarets’ first foray into the Premier League in 2009, following promotion via the play-off final at Wembley where Rodriguez appeared as a late substitute.

    However, following relegation back to the Championship, Rodriguez spearheaded the Clarets attack, scoring 15 times in the 2010-11 campaign and landing both the Player and Players’ Player of the Year awards.

    The following season, he scored 21 goals in total, won a place in the PFA Championship team of the year and made his England U21 debut against Italy.

    By now, however, his goalscoring exploits had attracted a number of admirers and he became the Clarets then record sale, when he was lured to newly-promoted Premier League side Southampton in the summer of 2012.

    He scored 35 goals in five seasons on the south coast, where a serious knee injury ruled him out of a shot at the World Cup in 2014 and sidelined him for over a year.

    In the summer of 2017, he was again on the move to WBA in a four-year deal, where his goalscoring exploits brought 33 goals in 84 appearances, including 22 goals in the 2018/19 season to help Albion make the Championship play-offs.

    Now, Rodriguez is back where it all began, reigniting a love affair with his hometown club as Burnley gear up for a fourth successive season in the Premier League.
     
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