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Tuesday 21 August 2012

Transfer round-up: Adebayor joins Spurs

Adebayor makes Spurs switch; Man Utd sign Dutch left-back; Norwich sign Bassong

  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 17 goals in 34 Barclays Premier League matches for Spurs

  • Sir Alex Ferguson believes Alexander Buttner is "one of the best left-backs in Europe"

  • Sebastien Bassong has been bought to add power and pace to Norwich's rearguard

  • Stuart Taylor is an experienced alternative to Reading No1 Adam Federici

  • Impressed by Brendan Rodgers, Martin Skrtel has committed to a new deal at Liverpool

Adebayor joins Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the permanent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

Tottenham had been trying to tie up a deal for Adebayor all summer, with the striker having enjoyed a successful loan spell at White Hart Lane last season.

"I'm hungry for goals... get ready"
Emmanuel Adebayor

Though it had been feared the protracted negotiations might break down both clubs have confirmed an agreement has been reached, with Adebayor himself tweeting: "I'm back!!!! Tottenham here I come!! I'm hungry for goals...Get ready."

The 28-year-old former Arsenal striker spent three years at Man City but fell out of favour upon Robert Mancini's appointment as manager and spent the last year and a half on loan at Real Madrid and Tottenham.

"I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City," the striker told the club's official website. "It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur.

"I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again."

Adebayor has scored 17 goals in 33 Barclays Premier League appearances for Tottenham.

Man Utd seal Buttner deal

Manchester United have completed the signing of Alexander Büttner from Vitesse Arnhem for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who was part of Holland's preliminary squad for this summer's UEFA Euro 2012 squad and has made over 100 league appearances for the Eredivisie side, has agreed a five-year deal with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

"Alexander is one of the best young left-backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him"
Sir Alex Ferguson

"Alexander is one of the best young left-backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him," Ferguson rold the club's official website.

"He's someone we've been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position."

Buttner becomes the second Dutch player in a week to make the switch to United, following in the footsteps of striker Robin van Persie, who moved from Arsenal in time to feature in Monday night's season-opening 1-0 defeat at Everton.

"Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life," Buttner said. "It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my team-mates and play my part in helping the club be successful."

Norwich sign Bassong

Norwich City have also reinforced their defence by signing Cameroon international Sebastien Bassong from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old centre-back, who has signed for an undisclosed fee, started his career in France with FC Metz, where he made 79 Ligue 1 appearances before completing a £500,000 move to Newcastle United in the summer of 2008.

Bassong was player of the year for the Magpies in the 2008-09 season, making 30 Barclays Premier League appearances before moving to Tottenham in August 2009.

"Bassong will give us power and pace at the back and again"
Chris Hughton

The Cameroon defender made a total of 45 League appearances for the Londoners and memorably scored Tottenham's first-ever UEFA Champions League goal against BSC Young Boys in 2010.

Last January Bassong moved on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers, making nine appearances for the Midlands club.

"Sebastien is a player that I have known well since my time at Newcastle and I’m delighted to have brought in someone with the Barclays Premier League experience he has," Norwich manager Chris Hughton told the club's official website.

"He will give us power and pace at the back and again add to the competition in the squad."

Bassong has become the sixth player to join Norwich this summer and the fourth defender after the arrivals of Javier Garrido, on loan from Lazio, Steven Whittaker from Rangers and Sunderland centre-back Michael Turner.

Reading draft in Taylor

Reading have confirmed they have completed the signing of Stuart Taylor on a one-year contract.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper had been training with the Royals since being released by Manchester City at the end of last season.

Reading were keen to sign the 31-year-old as cover for Adam Federici but were waiting for fellow goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen to complete a move to Portsmouth.

"Taylor is a very experienced goalkeeper at the top level"
Nick Hammond

The Dane did so on Saturday on a one-month loan deal, playing the full 90 minutes of Portsmouth's 1-1 npower League One draw with Bournemouth.

Reading director of football Nick Hammond told the club's official website, "I'm delighted to have signed Stuart.

"He is a very experienced goalkeeper at the top level and having him here allows us to loan Mikkel Andersen out and get him some games.

"Mikkel was very patient last year, he is an outstanding goalkeeper and did a great service to the team last season supporting Adam Federici so has fully earned the opportunity to go and play."

Skrtel commits to Liverpool

Defender Martin Skrtel has agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The Slovakia international has become a vital member of the side since arriving from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008.

"I'm happy because I am a part of one of the biggest clubs in the world," said the 27-year-old, who was voted the club;s player of the season in 2011-12.

"After last season there was a lot of talk about my future but I have to say that the first priority for me was always to sign a new deal with Liverpool.

"I think we can start to make history and I want to be a part of that" Martin Skrtel

For me it's a great thing to play for Liverpool. I am proud to play for Liverpool with these great players - probably some of the best players in the world. I hope I can create history at this club and that the fans will always remember me - that's my target for the future."

Skrtel, who has made 127 League appearances for the Merseysiders, added: "I have been here almost four and a half years and I have enjoyed that time here.

"A lot of things have changed, a new manager has come. I think we can start to make history and I want to be a part of that history. We have our target. For this season it is the top four and I hope we can do it. Then we will see."

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Key Points

  • Emmanuel Adebayor makes permanent switch to Tottenham
  • Manchester United sign 'one of the best young left-backs in Europe'
  • Sebastien Bassong moves from Tottenham to Norwich