Saturday 01 September 2012
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair for an undisclosed fee and the Fiorentina Matija Nastasic.
Sinclair, 23, was a major factor in the Swans’ promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2010/11 and becomes the second midfielder to arrive at the Etihad Stadium after Jack Rodwell.
"Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me"
"I'm just glad everything is settled and that I'm now a City player," said Sinclair. "There were times when I thought it might not happen so I'm relieved that I'm here and I can't wait to get started.
"Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me and when you see two Champions League fixtures against Real Madrid on the horizon, it brings it all home."
Sinclair began his career at Bristol Rovers and made his debut aged 15 before moving to Chelsea where he spent five years. He made a succession of loan moves during his time at Stamford Bridge, playing for Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Wigan Athletic before Swansea paid £500,000 for his services in 2010.
Nastasic, a Serbia central defender, joins for an undisclosed fee from Fiorentina, with the Serie A side getting City defender Stefan Savic as part of the deal.
QPR have completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old midfielder has agreed a four-year deal at Loftus Road after 60 appearances for Real
"He is a great player, first and foremost," said Mark Hughes. "You don't play at a club like Real Madrid if you're not. He has been there from the age of nine, so this has been a huge decision for him.
"I am delighted to be part of this exciting chapter in the club's history"
"He has got great energy and is technically very gifted, as you would expect from a Real Madrid player. He is very comfortable on the ball and is an all-round excellent midfielder, which we will benefit from."
Granero told the club's official website. "I'm very happy to be here. I love the passion of the English fans and from what I know QPR supporters are amongst the very best."
"QPR will continue to grow as a club and I want to be part of a very bright future here."
As Granero signed on at Loftus Road, Joey Barton left QPR to join Marseille on a season-long loan. Going in the other direction was Stephane Mbia, the Marseille defender, who signed a two-year deal with QPR.
Kieran Richardson has completed his move from Sunderland to Fulham.
The 27-year-old, who was born in London, signed a three-year deal, with an additional year's option, for a undisclosed fee.
He told Fulham's official website: "I'm delighted that my transfer to Fulham has been completed and now I'm eager to start training for my new club straight away and pulling on the white shirt for the first time."
"Kieran is a proven top-level player, who has the versatility to play a number of positions"
Richardson made 149 appearances for the Black Cats after signing from Manchester United in 2007 shortly after lifting the Premier League trophy.
Fulham manager Martin Jol said: "Kieran is a proven top-level player, who has the versatility to play a number of positions."
Stoke City have swooped for Scottish international Charlie Adam, who has agreed to move to the Britannia Stadium from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old former Rangers and Blackpool midfielder put pen to paper on a four-year contract in a deal that was sealed before midday which means that he will be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at Wigan Athletic.
"Stoke's on the up and it's great to be a part of it"
"It's no secret that we’ve been looking to bring more goals to the squad and Charlie is a fantastic signing in that respect," Stoke manager Tony Pulis told the club's official website.
"Not only will his creativity and his eye for delivering a pass be a great asset to us, he scored 12 goals for Blackpool in the Premier League two seasons ago.
Paul Lambert strengthened his squad with the last-day additions of Genk forward Christian Benteke and Crewe Alexandra midfielder Ashley Westwood.
Benteke, 21, scored 18 goals in all competitions for Genk last season and also struck in the recent international friendly for Belgium against the Netherlands.
"I am still young and I have realised my dream, "said Benteke. "My dream was to come here and I am very happy. I hope I will be a success. I am motivated.
"Every player wants to come to the Premier League."
Westwood, the 22-year-old Crewe captain, joined Villa for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal. "He's had a really good grounding at Crewe and he will fit in with what we're looking to do here," said Paul Lambert, the Villa manager. "He's a good player and he'll do fine."
Costa Rica left-back Bryan Oviedo signed for Everton from FC Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old signed a four-year deal and assistant manager Steve Round said: "He can play left-back left midfield and left wing, all the way down the left, which will help us and give us good cover in the squad."
West Bromwich Albion have signed Dynamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer.The 27-year-old is an international withthe FYR Macedonia.
"Goran is a player the club have closely monitored for around three years so we know what we’re getting," manager Steve Clarke said.
"He has also given up the opportunity to play Champions League football with Dynamo Kiev to join Albion in the Premier League and he’s determined to do well here."