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Saturday 01 February 2014

Transfer round-up: Mitroglou ready to fire after sealing Fulham switch

Striker one of five to move to the Cottage on deadline day; Crystal Palace are also busy

  • Konstantinos Mitroglou is Fulham's fourth signing of the transfer window

  • Jason Puncheon has signed a permanent contract with Crystal Palace

  • Scott Dann is returning the Barclays Premier League with Palace

  • Kim Kallstrom has joined Arsenal on loan from Spartak Moscow

New Fulham signing Konstantinos Mitroglou says he is "flattered" after signing a four-and-a-half year deal with the Barclays Premier League club.

The 25-year-old striker joins Fulham from Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee and is the club’s fourth signing of the January transfer window.

"I'm very happy that I’m here in the Premier League, and especially with Fulham, which is a major club in the league," Mitroglou told Fulham's website. "I'm here because I want to fulfil the Club's targets and I want to help the Club achieve their goals. I was really flattered that they wanted me so badly and I’m really happy to be here."

Mitroglou moved to Olympiakos in 2007 and scored 62 goals in 148 appearances for the club. During his time in Greece he won three league titles and three Greek Cups. He has played 28 times for Greece, scoring eight goals and played a key role in helping his side reach this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Earlier in the day, Fulham completed the loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby. The 23-year-old, who joined Spurs from Schalke in January 2013, has joined until the end of the season. Holtby made 24 Barclays Premier League appearances for Spurs, with his only top-flight goal coming in the victory over Fulham on 4 December, which was Rene Meulensteen's first match in charge.

Meulensteen also bolstered his defence with the signing from Everton of Netherlands international John Heitinga in a deal until the end of the season. He will replace the Fulham in defence Philippe Senderos, who has moved to Valencia in a permanent deal. Striker Dimitar Berbatov joined AS Monaco also on a permanent transfer.

And late on Friday evening, Fulham completed the signings of Manchester United midfield duo Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole on deals until the summer of 2017, with options for a further year. Both players worked with Meulensteen when the manager was at Manchester United.

Tunnicliffe, 21, has had loan spells at Peterborough United, Barnsley and Ipswich Town. He made his first-team debut for Manchester United in the 2-1 League Cup win against Newcastle United in 2012. Cole, 20, scored two goals in the 3-2 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in last season's Barclays Under-21 Premier League Final.

Crystal Palace sign five

Crystal Palace were one of the busiest clubs, making five signings on transfer deadline day. They started off by bringing in goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and defender Scott Dann and confirming that winger Jason Puncheon had joined the club on a permanent deal.

Just before the window shut Palace completed deals for Wales midfielder Joe Ledley to join from Celtic and for Thomas Ince to come on loan from Blackpool.

Hennessey, 27, has joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee and has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract. He has been at Wolves since 2003 and made 71 Barclays Premier League appearances for them.

"I'm delighted to be here, I've met some of the lads and the staff already so I'm just looking forward to getting out onto the training pitch now," he told the club’s website. "We've got Arsenal on the weekend which is going to be a tough game but hopefully we can get something out of it."

Dann has been signed from Blackburn Rovers on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee and returns to the Barclays Premier League, where he played 50 times for Birmingham City.

"Any professional footballer will tell you that they want to be in the Premier League," Dann told the Palace website. "It's something I've done before and really enjoyed and having the opportunity to come and play here for the next couple of years, do well and help the team - it's something I really wanted to do and I'm glad that it's all gone through."

Puncheon has been on loan at Selhurst Park from Southampton since August and has made 20 Barclays Premier League appearances, scoring three goals. He has signed a four-and-a-half year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee.

"It's great to sign a permanent deal, it's something I dreamt about when I was a kid so I'm pleased to get it done," he said. "I was here when I was eight years old when the likes of Dean Gordon and Chris Armstrong were here so that makes its special.

"The massive factor in this was the chairman and the manager, the gaffer has shown great faith in me since he's been here and that's been unbelievable for me."

Ledley, 27, moves to South London after three-and-a-half years at Celtic, where he played UEFA Champions League football and twice won the Scottish title.

Ince, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, moves from Blackpool on loan until the end of the season, with Stephen Dobbie going in the other direction.

Arsenal bring in Kallstrom

Arsenal have signed Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season. The 31-year-old has 108 caps for his country and Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, welcomed his experience, which he will be able to bring to the UEFA Champions League campaign.

"He is a midfielder with proven quality at both club and international level," he said.

Other deals

West Ham United have signed Colombia international left-back Pablo Armero on loan until the end of the season. The 27-year-old joins the Hammers from Serie A side Napoli, having previously played for  for America Cali, Palmeiras and Udinese.

Hammers striker Modibo Maiga has joined Queens Park Rangers on loan for the remainder of the 2013/14 season. The deal includes the option of a permanent move at the end of the campaign. Razvan Rat has also departed after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Swansea City have signed teenage midfielder Jay Fulton from Falkirk on a two-and-a-half year deal. The 19-year-old, the son of former Hearts and Falkirk winger Steve, is the fourth signing made by Michael Laudrup this month and will join the club's Under-21 side. The Welsh side also added to their attack with the loan of Marvin Emnes from Middlesbrough. The Dutch winger, 25, returns to the side where he played in 2010/11 in the Championship.

Everton have boosted their goalkeeping options with the signing of 17-year-old goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek, from Sparta Prague. The 6ft 4in keeper has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

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Key Points

  • Striker Konstantinos Mitroglou joins Fulham, as well as Lewis Holtby and John Heitinga
  • Crystal Palace make five signings on deadline day
  • Arsenal bring in Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan