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Monday 02 September 2013

Transfer review: Arsenal's record deal for Ozil

Germany player joins from Real Madrid; Sessegnon signs for WBA; Villa add to forward line

  • Ozil joins from Real Madrid and is Arsenal's record signing

  • Viviano moves to Arsenal on a season-long loan from Palermo (credit: Arsenal/Getty)

  • Kozak has joined Villa from Lazio on a four-year deal (credit: AVFC)

  • Sessegnon, 29, has left Sunderland to join West Brom on a three-year deal

  • New West Brom forward Anichebe scored six goals for Everton last season

  • New Swansea striker Vazquez, right, was in Spain's triumphant Under-21 side this summer

  • Borini will go into the Sunderland squad to face Arsenal on 14 September

  • Dossena was the second Italian to join Sunderland on deadline day

Arsenal have agreed a club-record fee to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who has 47 caps for Germany, has a signed a “long-term” deal the club said.

"He has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player"
Arsene Wenger

"He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player."

Ozil has won 47 caps for Germany was happy to move to the Barclays Premier League.

"I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League," he said. "It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger.

"From our negotiations it is clear the Club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."

Arsenal also brought in Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan from Palermo. The 27-year-old was on loan at Fiorentina last season, where he kept 11 clean sheets in 32 Serie A appearances. He has won six caps for Italy.

"Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan," Wenger said. "He's experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers."

The two players will go into Arsenal's squad for the club's next Barclays Premier League match, away to Sunderland on Saturday 14 September.

West Brom in club-record deal for Sessegnon

West Bromwich Albion also broke their transfer record to sign Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and he was joined late in the day by Everton forward Victor Anichebe.

Sessegnon, the 29-year-old Benin forward, signed a three-year deal after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee and will wear the No 29 shirt. Sessegnon scored 17 goals for Sunderland in 87 Barclays Premier League appearances.

Anichebe also joined on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee after six goals in 32 Barclays Premier League appearances last season. The 25-year-old has won nine caps for Nigeria.

Both forwards could make their West Brom debuts for the trip to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 14 September.

Odemwingie moves to Cardiff City

One player to leave the Hawthorns on transfer deadline day was striker Peter Odemwingie, who has signed a two-year deal with Cardiff City.

The 32-year-old Nigeria international has been at West Brom for the last three seasons, having joined the club from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2010, and he scored 30 goals in 87 Barclays Premier League appearances.

"I'm looking forward to this fresh start at a Club that is really going places, a team that's progressing fast," he told the Cardiff City website. "My father-in-law is a City fan and he's told me what a great club this is. I'm looking forward to meeting up with the boys and then start preparing for the trip to Hull after the international break.

"I've seen a little bit of the City and I know that my wife and I will really enjoy living in Cardiff. I can't wait to get started - this move makes me very happy."

Villa add to forward line

Aston Villa have signed Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak from Serie A side Lazio for an undisclosed fee. The 24-year-old, who is 6ft 4in and was top scorer in the UEFA Europa League last season with 10 goals, has signed a four-year deal to 2017.

"We need somebody like him as we only have Christian Benteke as a main target man"
Paul Lambert

"We've been on this one for the last few months, trying to bring him to the club, so I'm delighted to get it across the line,” Paul Lambert, the Villa manager, told the Villa website. "Libor has an unbelievable scoring record in the Europa League.

"He wasn't given much opportunity for Lazio in Serie A but he showed proper potential in leading the line there at a strong club with a great tradition and we need somebody like him as we only have Christian Benteke really as a main target man.”

Aston Villa's next match in the Barclays Premier League is at home to Newcastle United on Saturday 14 September.

Swansea sign Spanish forward

Swansea City have signed Alvaro Vazquez from Getafe, subject to international clearance. The 22-year-old striker has joined Michael Laudrup’s team on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

Vazquez was part of the Spain side who won the UEFA Under-21 European Championship in the summer.

“Vasquez is a young player I know from his time at Espanyol and now Getafe,’’ Laudrup told the club's website.  “He is a little different to the strikers we have and has the characteristics we have been looking for. He will give us a different option.’’

Swansea next play in the Barclays Premier League at home to Liverpool in the Monday night match on 16 September.

Sunderland bring in pair

Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has continued his recruitment drive with the signings of Andrea Dossena and Fabio Borini.

Dossena, 31, returns to the Barclays Premier League having made 18 league appearances for Liverpool over two seasons after joining in July 2008. The left-back joins from Napoli on a one-year deal.

Borini has moved to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan from Liverpool. The 22-year-old Italy forward has scored one goal in 17 Barclays Premier League matches for Liverpool, having been hampered by injury since moving to Anfield in July last year.

The pair will go into the Sundaerland squad who are seeking their first win of the Barclays Premier League at home to Arsenal on Saturday 14 September.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal agree record deal for Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil and bring in goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano
  • Aston Villa sign Lazio's Czech striker Libor Kozak for an undisclosed fee
  • West Brom make club record deal for Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon