Monday 29 October 2012
Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole has signed a new long-term deal that will keep him at the club until 2016.
The 24-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of last season, joined the Black Cats from Wigan Athletic in 2009.
He has made a total of 73 Barclays Premier League appearances for Sunderland and was named club captain in 2010.
"I'm absolutely delighted," said Cattermole. "It feels like it's taken a bit of time but the gaffer made it clear to me at the end of the season that he wanted to keep me at the club so it took a bit of time but I'm glad it's been sorted in the end.
"If you look at our signings in the summer I think you can see that we have made some big signings and I think it's the best place for me at the minute."
Swansea City expect to be without goalkeeer Michel Vorm for between six to eight weeks after he injured his groin in the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City.
The 29-year-old was stretchered off on 60 minutes after injuring himself as he tried to save Carlos Tevez's winning strike and is likely to be out until the Christmas period.
German keeper Gerhard Tremmel, who played for the likes of Hannover and Hertha Berlin before joining Swansea last year, will take Vorm's place in the starting line-up.
"It's a big blow for us because Michel is a very good goalkeeper who has been playing well," Swans boss Michael Laudrup told the club's official website. "But that is part of football. When you have lots of games you are always going to get injuries and suspensions.
"This gives a chance to Gerhard Tremmel and we have lots of confidence in him. We have big games coming up against Liverpool and Chelsea this week and I am sure Gerhard will be ready."
Stoke City defender Marc Wilson will be sidelined for several weeks after suffering a broken leg during Saturday's Barclays Premier League draw with Sunderland.
The Republic of Ireland international was rushed to hospital for X-rays after falling awkwardly under a challenge early in the second half of the goalless stalemate and the club have since confirmed the 25-year-old former Manchester United academy player suffered a leg-break.
"Marc will be out for a while, but we are not sure at this stage for how long," said Stoke manager Toby Pulis of the player who subsequentl y confirmed on Twitter he had broken his fibula.
Manchester City have announced that Txiki Begiristain is their new director of football.
The 48-year-old, who held the same role at Barcelona, will "take responsibility for supporting the first-team manager, Roberto Mancini, in first-team recruitment and operations".
Begiristain had a successful playing career with both Real Sociedad and Barcelona before joining Barca as technical director in 2003. He left in 2010 at the end of Joan Laporta's presidency.
"I am very pleased indeed to have been offered such an exciting opportunity," Begiristain told the club's official website.
The progress and on field achievements at Manchester City are plain for all to see and I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to its future success.
"I am very much looking forward to working with Brian Marwood, Roberto Mancini and Ferran Soriano in continuing to build a football team and philosophy which will serve Manchester City well in the near and long term future."
Brian Marwood, currently the club's football administrator, will take on the role of managing director of the new City Football Academy when it opens at the start of the 2013/14 season.