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Monday 20 August 2012

Transfer round-up: Mirallas moves to Everton

Everton sign Belgium forward; Liverpool sign winger Assaisi; QPR capture Bosingwa

  • Belgium international Kevin Mirallas has left Olympiacos to play up front for Everton

  • Oussama Assaidi is Moroccan winger who has signed for Liverpool from Herenveen

  • Jamie Proctor has signed for Swansea from Preston as a long-term prospect

  • Defender Kyle Bartley, 21, has moved from Arsenal to Swansea on a three-year deal

  • Jose Bosingwa is the third UEFA Champions League winner to join QPR this summer

Everton have signed Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas from Olympiacos for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old, whose signing was completed too late to feature in Monday night's Barclays Premier League encounter against Manchester United, has agreed a four-year deal with the Goodison Park club.

Mirallas scored 20 goals in 25 league appearances in the Greek Super League last season and can play either as a shadow striker or on either wing.

The former Standard Liege, St Etienne and Lille front man, who will wear the No 11 shirt for his new club, has been capped 28 times by his country, including Belgium's 4-2 defeat of the Netherlands on Wednesday, scoring five international goals.

"I am very happy because Everton is a big club and for me it's a very good opportunity," Mirallas told the club's official website. "I know this is a great club with great supporters and a club that has the ability win a lot of games in the Premier League. That's why I came."

Liverpool sign Assaidi

Across Merseyside, Liverpool have also added to their ranks by signing winger Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee.

The Moroccan international, who has scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen and has been capped 22 times, signed a long-term deal at the Barclays Premier League club.

"When I watch Liverpool it's always a good atmosphere," said the 24-year-old. "The fans are fantastic and I'm happy to be here. I had offers from other big clubs but I've been waiting for this moment."

Assaidi has become new manager Brendan Rodgers' third summer signing after acquiring striker Fabio Borini from Roma and midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea City.

"He's a young player who has done very well, in particular in the last couple of seasons, in Holland," said Rodgers, whose side lost 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

"He fits our style perfectly. He's an exciting player who is very good in one-versus-one situations and I think he's a player who will excite the crowd.

QPR capture Bosingwa

Queens Park Rangers' recruitment drive continued apace with the West London club confirming the arrival of Jose Bosingwa on a three-year deal.

The Portugal right-back, who helped Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League last season, arrived on a free transfer on Friday after being released by the Blues this summer.

The 29-year-old was not registered in time for his side's opening match of the Barclays Premier League season – a 5-0 defeat by Swansea City.

"Jose has a lot of versatility which is something I like my players to have," said QPR manager Mark Hughes, who has signed eight players this summer. "He can operate right across the back and can also play the holding role in midfield.

"He's another Champions League winner, the third in the squad now with Park Ji-sung and Djibril Cisse, and will add invaluable experience to the group.

"His experience is really important to us. He understands the Barclays Premier League and he understands what it takes to win games. He has got a winning mentality and that is what I want to have around the place."

Swansea swoop for duo

Swansea have also been busy in the transfer market with Preston striker Jamie Proctor arriving at the club for an undisclosed fee, as did Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley.

The 20-year-old Proctor has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium and becomes Michael Laudrup's sixth signing following the acquisitions of Michu, Chico Flores, Jonathan de Guzman, Itay Shechter and Kyle Bartley.

Swansea are awaiting international clearance for the move, and Proctor will initially feature in the Barclays U21 Premier League and is set to feature in their season-opener on Monday.

"I'm delighted to join Swansea," said the striker. "The club has enjoyed a lot of success over the last few years and their style of football has really caught the eye."

He added: "I'm looking forward to being a part of things and trying to impress the new manager enough to force my way into his plans."

The move for Proctor came soon after the Swans completed the signing of Bartley, 21, who joins on a three-year deal.

Speaking to Swansea's website, Bartley said: "I spoke to Arsene Wenger briefly last week and he said that my game-time would be at a minimum.

"For that reason, I wanted to at least go out on loan but when Swansea came in for me it was too good an opportunity to turn down."






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Key Points

  • Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas signs four-year deal with Everton
  • Liverpool complete signing of winger Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen
  • Jose Bosingwa travels across west London from Chelsea to QPR