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Friday 05 October 2012

In brief: Fulham sign Mickael Tavares on short-term deal

Spurs head coach hails defender; Wenger cautious over Wilshere; QPR's Campbell loaned out

  • Mikael Tavares, right, played for Middlesbrough a couple of seasons ago

  • Daniel Agger joined Liverpool six years ago from Brondby

  • Steven Caulker has started four of Tottenham's past five matches

  • Jack Wilshere played his first match for more than a year in the U21 Premier League

  • DJ Campbell has scored one goal in 12 appearances for QPR

Fulham have signed Mickael Tavares on a short-term deal. The 29-year-old Senegal player worked with manager Martin Jol at Hamburg during the 2008/09 season and has 25 caps at international level.

While at Hamburg, he went on loan to Middlesbrough, where he made 12 appearances in the Championship during the 2010/11 season. He was available on a free transfer after leaving Hamburg in the summer.

"Mickael is a typical holding midfielder and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to strengthen this area,” Jol said. “He played for me when I was at Hamburg so I’m familiar with his qualities and he will prove to be a very good addition.”

Tavares said: “I’m happy that I’m now officially a Fulham player and I’m looking forward to playing under Martin Jol once more. The players and staff have made me feel welcome and I can’t wait to get started with my new team-mates.”

Agger commits future to Liverpool

Daniel Agger signed a new “long-term” deal with Liverpool today. The Denmark defender has played for the club 177 times since joining from Brondby in 2006, scoring nine goals. The 27–year-old was delighted at committing his future to the club.

"It means everything to me," Agger said. "This is where I want to be and I'm happy the club want me. I am really happy right now. I've never wanted to go anywhere else.

"I feel I am a part of this club - and I want to be a part of this club in the future. I like the way it is going right now with the style we're playing, and hopefully the results will come soon as well."

AVB: Caulker will be England regular

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is certain that Steven Caulker has a long career with England ahead of him despite being left out of Roy Hodgson's latest squad.

Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea City, has impressed Villas-Boas so much during his short time at White Hart Lane that he has jumped ahead of captain Michael Dawson in the Spurs pecking order. The 20-year-old has started four of Tottenham's past five games and earned him a call-up to the England squad for August's friendly against Italy.

Villas-Boas, who started Caulker in Spurs' 1-1 draw against Panathinaikos in the Europa League last night, is sure it will only be a matter of time before the young centre-half will be wearing the Three Lions of England on a regular basis.

"We certainly believe a lot in the player," the Spurs head coach said. “That's why we decided to extend his career and that's why he played at Old Trafford and against Lazio.

"He is showing exactly the competence and the talent that he has and he will triumph in the future. For Steven it will be a privilege to play for the first team of England, for sure. If it came sooner it would be a more important achievement, but I don't see [him being left out] as any kind of negative.”

Wenger cautious over Wilshere

Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal and England must not go "crazy" over Jack Wilshere's return to action.

The 20-year-old midfielder played his first match for more than a year for Arsenal in the Barclays U21 Premier League away to West Bromwich Albion on Monday, having been sidelined by an ankle problem and then knee surgery.

Wilshere is set for another run-out for the U21s against Reading on Monday, but the Arsenal manager continues to stress it must be a cautious rehabilitation for the player.

"Jack needs a few games, progressive build-up to get his body used again to competition, to shocks, to fights, but he is doing extremely well, the situation looks very good," Wenger said. "We have to be cautious, not crazy, because of his talent you are always pushed in a situation where you would like to rush him back, and we have to resist that.

"The next match should be next week and he is working very hard. The body is like that, when you have been out of competition for 14 months it takes a long time to find your sharpness back. You cannot rush it."

Wenger hopes a steady fitness programme will see long-term benefits for everyone. "There are three things that are important for every player: the health of the player, the interests of the club and the interests of the national team," Wenger said. "You have to try to combine the three but the most important thing of course is the health of the player.

"[England manager] Roy Hodgson is long enough in the job to know that a player who has been out for 14 months, you have to give him time to play again. When the time comes up, he will play for England again of course."

Campbell joins Ipswich on loan

Queens Park Rangers striker DJ Campbell has joined Ipswich Town on loan. The 30-year-old has moved to the npower Championship side on a three-month loan scoring once in 12 appearances for QPR since joining from Blackpool last year.

"I knew there was interest from Ipswich and working with Paul [Jewell, the manager] at this great club was something that really interested me.

"Obviously I haven't played much this season but I've been playing reserve games, so I am match fit and I'm ready to go out there and give 100 per cent."

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Key Points

  • Mickael Tavares joins Fulham on short-term deal to bolster midfield
  • Daniel Agger signs "long-term" deal to remain at Liverpool
  • Andre Villas-Boas says Steven Caulker is destined to be a regular defender for England