Tuesday 04 September 2012

Spurs complete moves for Lloris and Dempsey

Lyon goalkeeper signs, Berbatov joins Fulham; City sign Maicon, Swansea break transfer record

  • France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was signed by Spurs from Lyon

  • Dimitar Berbatov played for Martin Jol during his time at Tottenham Hotspur

  • Javi Garcia was Manchester City's last signing of the transfer window

  • New Manchester City defender Maicon has won 66 caps for Brazil

  • Swansea City have broken their transfer record to sign Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez

  • Uruguay international forward Gaston Ramirez has joined Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signings of Fulham forward Clint Dempsey and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon.

Dempsey, 29, had spent five-and-a-half years at Fulham before moving to north London late on transfer deadline day.

Lloris, the 25-year-old France captain, began his senior career with Nice before leaving for Lyon, where he made 146 league appearances, twice winning the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award.

The goalkeeper captained his country for the first time in November 2010 against England at Wembley and holds 38 caps.

BERBATOV RE-UNITED WITH JOL AT FULHAM

Fulham have completed the signing of Bulgarian international striker Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old, who has been given the No 9 shirt at Craven Cottage, has signed a two-year deal after joining the London club for an undisclosed fee.

"I’m delighted to have signed for Fulham and I look forward to playing under Martin Jol once again," Berbatov told the club's official website. As soon as I was aware of Fulham's interest my decision to join was an easy one to make.

"There is a close and personal feel around the Club and I can't wait to get started"
Dimitar Berbatov

"I'm impressed with the set-up here and the people have made me feel welcome. There is a close and personal feel around the Club and I can't wait to get started."

Berbatov was signed for Spurs by current Fulham manager Martin Jol in 2006 and scored 27 goals in 70 Barclays Premier League appearances.

He moved to Manchester United on transfer deadline day in 2008 and won two Barclays Premier League titles in his time at Old Trafford, scoring a total of 49 League goals.

"Dimitar is a player I’ve always admired," said Jol. "He did well for me at Spurs and I'm sure that he will do well here at Fulham.

"He's a player of great quality and technical ability who will give me the attacking option I’ve been looking for."

Fulham also signed Ashkan Dejagah from Wolfsburg on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old winger has played three times for Iran, scoring twice.

MAICON SEALS MANCHESTER CITY SWITCH

Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City have completed their third signing of transfer deadline day with the capture of Brazilian defender Maicon.

The 31-year-old moves to the Etihad Stadium for an undisclosed fee from Serie A side Inter Milan.

Maicon, who can play right-back as well as further forward in midfield, has spent six years in Italy after spells with AS Monaco and Brazilian side Cruzeiro.

Late in the day a deal was also agreed for Javi Garcia from Benfica. The Spain defensive midfielder replaces Nigel de Jong, who left for AC Milan this week, and the 25-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee and will wear the No 14 shirt.

City, who signed Scott Sinclair from Swansea City on Friday, have also added former Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright to their ranks.

SWANSEA SNAP UP HERNANDEZ

Swansea City have broken their transfer record for the second time this summer with the signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for £5.55m.

The 27-year-old,  who has won four caps for Spain, has signed a three-year contract after passing his medical and finalising personal terms. The move is subject to international clearance.

"I'm very happy to become a Swansea City player," Hernandez told the club's official website. "It was my target as soon as I knew there was interest. There were offers from other clubs, but this was the only club I wanted to join.

"I want to thank the club and Michael Laudrup for making me feel like a very important player. Now I want to repay that faith on the football field."

Hernandez made 40 appearances for Valencia last season, scoring five goals, and is reunited with Swans boss Laudrup, who was his coach at Getafe.

"Michael was my idol when I was young," added Hernandez, who began his second spell with Valencia in 2008. "Then I was lucky enough to play under him at Getafe.

"I was a young player at Getafe and I learnt a lot from him. He gave me confidence and I have a lot to thank him for. Now I want to help him at Swansea in return, because he was very important for my career."

The fee for Hernandez beats by £50,000 the previous club record paid by Swansea for Celtic's Ki Sung-yeung last week.

RAMIREZ BECOMES A SAINT

Uruguay forward Gaston Ramirez has signed for Southampton on a four-year deal from Italian side Bologna.

The 21-year-old, who played for Uruguay in the men's Olympic football tournament this summer, has joined for an undisclosed fee.

Ramirez scored with a fine free-kick in the Olympics against the United Arab Emirates at Old Trafford and scored 15 goals in 60 appearances in his two years in Italy.

"A lot of hard work has gone in from the football club with a lot of negotiations behind the scenes to get this deal done," Southampton manager Nigel Adkins told the club's official website. "Great credit to everyone because we have a young, exciting talent joining us who is one of the best around.

"The chairman has gone and backed this deal big-time with the financial outlay, and what we have got is one of the most exciting prospects in world football coming to St Mary's."

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Key Points

  • Fulham complete signing of Dimitar Berbatov
  • Brazilian right-back Maicon joins Manchester City
  • Swansea City pay £5.55m for Pablo Hernandez, Gaston Ramirez joins Saints