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Thursday 30 January 2014

Transfer round-up: Kvist signs for Fulham

Midfielder completes loan move to Cottagers; Hammers sign Razak; Scocco joins Black Cats

  • William Kvist is Fulham's second signing of the January transfer window

  • Ignacio Scocco has committed to Sunderland until 2016

  • New Swansea City signing Raheem Hanley has represented England Under-19s

Fulham have completed the signing of midfielder William Kvist on loan from Stuttgart until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old, who has more than 40 caps for Denmark, played for Copenhagen for six years and played in the UEFA Champions League alongside Fulham defender Brede Hangeland. He joined Stuttgart in 2011. Fulham have the option of making the transfer permanent at the end of the season.

"I'm very pleased to have got the deal done and I'm looking forward to contributing to this fantastic Club," Kvist told the club website. "Of course I've heard a lot of good things from Brede and it's been a target of mine to come here so I'm delighted to be here really.

"The Premier League is the biggest challenge you could get as a footballer"
William Kvist

"The Premier League is the biggest league in the world. I've played in the Bundesliga which is also a really nice league, but this is the biggest challenge you could get as a footballer - this is the motherland of football. When I was a child I used to just watch English football on television so it’s amazing being here.

"I just had my first training session and it was perfect. It was good to get to know the guys and talk to Rene Meulensteen about the tactical concepts and what his ideas are so I’m very much looking forward to my time here. Of course I would like to be involved against Southampton but the Head Coach will see if I'm fit and able to play - I think I am, although I haven't played for Stuttgart this year, but I’m feeling fit and motivated."

Kvist joins a side that slipped into the relegation zone with Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Swansea City. They take on Southampton at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Razak joins West Ham

Former Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak has joined West Ham United on a short-term contract.

The 21-year-old joined City from Crystal Palace in 2010 and made his Barclays Premier League debut on 5 February 2011 against West Bromwich Albion.

Razak had loan spells at Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove Albion and Charlton Athletic before signing for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala last autumn. He has won five caps for the Ivory Coast.

Scocco seals Sunderland move

Sunderland have made their fourth January signing of the transfer window with the capture of Argentinian forward Ignacio Scocco.

The 28-year-old has moved to the Stadium of Light from Internacional for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract.

Scocco began his career with Newell’s Old Boys and had spells with Pumas UNAM in Mexico, Greek side AEK Athens and Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates before switching to Internacional last summer.

He made his debut for Argentina in November 2012 against Brazil, scoring two goals.

Swansea City make third signing

Teenage left-back Raheem Hanley has become Swansea City's third signing of the transfer window after agreeing an 18-month contract with the club.

The 19-year-old, who has represented England U19s, can play in midfield or at full-back and has penned a deal that will keep him in Wales until 2015. He recently left Blackburn Rovers.

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Key Points

  • Stuttgart midfielder William Kvist signs for Fulham until the end of the season
  • Former Man City midfielder Abdul Razak joins West Ham on a short-term contract
  • Sunderland sign striker Ignacio Scocco