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Monday 02 September 2013

Deadline day: Liverpool make triple signing

Liverpool land Victor Moses; Stephen Ireland joins Stoke City; Palace sign Adrian Mariappa

  • Liverpool's new defender Mamadou Sakho won the Ligue 1 title last season with PSG

  • Victor Moses has joined Liverpool from Chelsea on a season-long loan

  • Demichelis brings extensive Champions League experience to the Man City defence

  • New West Brom goalkeeper Lee Camp made three League appearances for Norwich last season

  • Austria striker Marko Arnautovic has signed a four-year deal with Stoke

  • Midfielder Morgan Amalfitano arrives at West Brom on a season-long loan

  • Crystal Palace have signed Jack Hunt for an undisclosed fee

  • Bannan has left Villa to rejoin Holloway at Crystal Palace

Liverpool have completed the signings of defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori as well as winger Victor Moses.

Moses, 22, spent three seasons at Wigan Athletic before joining Chelsea last August. He made 23 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring one goal, as well as helping the club win last season's UEFA Europa League. He has joined Liverpool on a season-long loan.

"First and foremost, I'm delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool," Moses told the club's website. "The most important thing is for me to be professional about it and I'm here to do a job for the club.

"The project that is in place at Liverpool interests me"
Mamadou Sakho

"The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League. There are a lot of quality players here - they're winning games and creating chances. It's a massive thing for me to be here."

Sakho joins from Paris St Germain, where he won the Ligue 1 title last season, and can play in the centre of defence or on the left. The 23-year-old, who has won 14 caps for France, has signed a "long-term" deal, the club said.

"I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me," Sakho said. "I'm really looking forward to cracking on with work and I can't wait to get on the pitch. I know the Liverpool fans are fantastic and while I was in France, it was clear for me to see they are amongst the best in England."

Ilori joins Liverpool from Sporting Lisbon, for whom he made 20 appearances. The 20-year-old, who was born in London, has represented Portugal at U18, U19 and U20 levels.

"It feels great being a Liverpool player - coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me," he said. "I'm going to try and achieve everything I can. I want to play as much as possible and we'll see what the future holds. I will give my all and try my best to help the team."

Liverpool have now made eight signings this summer after the arrivals of Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Aly Cissokho, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure. The club's next match is away to Swansea City on Monday night's match on 16 September.

Ireland and Arnautovic join Stoke

Stoke City have made two signings on transfer deadline day with the arrivals of Stephen Ireland and Marko Arnautovic.

Ireland, 27, has signed on a season-long loan from Aston Villa and is reunited with Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, for whom he played at Manchester City. The midfielder made 138 League appearances for City in five seasons before joining Villa in 2010, where he made 47 appearances.

"Stephen is a player that Mark knows really well and when the opportunity arose he was keen to add him to his midfield and attacking options," Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes told the Stoke City website. "Arguably the most successful period of Stephen's career to date was when he played for Mark at Manchester City and we hope that he can rediscover that form."

Arnautovic, an Austria forward, joins from Werder Bremen and has signed a four-year deal. Since succeeding Tony Pulis as manager Hughes has so far brought in Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi with a deal for Juan Agudelo in January agreed.

In 44 Bundesliga matches, the 24-year-old has scored nine goals and also found the net on seven occasions in 28 appearances for his country. He will go into the Stoke squad to face Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on 14 September.

Palace sign quintet

Crystal Palace have signed defenders Adrian Mariappa from Reading and Jack Hunt from Huddersfield Town, Aston Villa's attacking midfielder Barry Bannan, Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome and Nottingham Forest's Adlene Guedioura.

Mariappa, 26, came through the ranks at Watford and played in the top-flight for the club in the 2006/07 campaign, making 19 appearances. He signed for Reading in 2012, making 29 Barclays Premier League appearances, and signs for Palace on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

"I'm delighted to be joining Palace and playing in the Premier League again," Mariappa told the club's website. "It's something everyone dreams of doing. Playing there last season was a great challenge as it is is the biggest league in the world and you're playing against the best players, so when this opportunity came to me I jumped at it."

Hunt, 22, who has been with the Terriers since he was nine, has signed a four-year deal with Palace after moving for an undisclosed fee.

Bannan, 23, has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Villa and is reunited with Ian Holloway under whom he played at Blackpool, when they got promoted to the Barclays Premier League.

"I was at Blackpool with the gaffer here when they got promotion that year and that was probably the highlight of my career so far," the Scot told the Palace website. "It is a big move for me to leave Villa and I would like to thank the fans there but it's a new chapter in my life now and I can't wait to get started."

Jerome, 27, signed for Stoke in 2011 from Birmingham City and has scored seven goals in 50 Barclays Premier League appearances. He has joined Palace on a season-long loan

Guedioura, 27, has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee and returns to the Barclays Premier League having previously played with Wolverhampton Wanderers during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.

Palace's next Barclays Premier League match is a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the early kick-off on Saturday 14 September.

Man City land Demichelis

Manchester City have signed Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal. The 32-year old Argentinian will rejoin City manager Manuel Pellegrini with whom he worked at Malaga and before that River Plate. He will wear the No 26 shirt.

"I am still hungry for success and want to improve," said the Argentina defender. "I have been in Europe for 11 years now and this was a great chance for me to play in the Premier League with such a big club."

Demichelis brings City a wealth of UEFA Champions League experience from his time at Malaga and Bayern Munich, where he played between 2003 and 2007 and with whom he won four Bundesliga titles.

West Brom bring in Amalfitano and Camp

West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on a season-long loan.

The 28-year-old will wear the No. 18 shirt after passing a medical and completing his move from Marseille. He has been with the current Ligue 1 leaders for the last two seasons, making 60 appearances and scoring two goals, while he was capped by France last year.

"Lee will bring experience and authority to the goalkeeping department"
Dean Kiely on Lee Camp

"He is predominantly a right-sided midfielder who can also operate in a number of other midfield and attacking positions," head coach Steve Clarke told the club's website.

"Morgan is a technical player with good quality on the ball. He also has fantastic work-rate and we believe his game is well suited to the Barclays Premier League."

The Baggies have also signed experienced goalkeeper Lee Camp on a rolling monthly contract until January.

The 29-year-old Northern Ireland international, who has made 349 league appearances for Derby County, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, was signed after Ben Foster was ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

"Lee will bring experience and authority to the goalkeeping department," said goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely. "We have acted quickly in the wake of Ben’s injury and made a really good signing. Lee comes with a strong pedigree, having played at a high level both domestically and internationally."

West Brom play Fulham away in their next Barclays Premier League match on 14 September.

Chelsea sign Atsu

Ghana striker Christian Atsu has joined Chelsea on a five-year contract.

The 21-year-old left-footed player has been at FC Porto since 2010 and last season he made 17 appearances to help the side with the Portuguese title. Atsu will be joining Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the rest of the season.

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