It’s the weekend, but I’m not taking any time off from keeping you updated with the latest transfer news.
It was too little, too late for the mystery club who came in for Everton’s, well now, Birmingham’s James McFadden. After apparently balking at a move to the Midlands club due to a second club entering the picture at the 11th hour, McFadden went ahead and signed on the dotted line, penning a three and a half year deal with the option for two more years.
The completion of the deal, which will pay Everton 5 million pounds up front, with another million contingent on appearances, allows McFadden to be able to play in today’s tie against Chelsea.
Portsmouth have signed Lens defender Lucien Aubey on loan for the remainder of the season, with the option to buy the 23-year old permanently. Aubey was born in the Congo, but represented France’s U-21 team in the 2006 European U-21 tournament. Aubey joined Lens from Toulouse last year, where he had been a first-team player since he was a teenager.
As Aubey makes his way to England, Djimi Traore is going the opposite way, as he’s being shipped out to Rennes on loan for the remainder of the season, and maybe permanently, if the club chose to take that option. Traore hadn’t seen much action at Portsmouth this season, which probably aided in his omission from Mali’s African Cup of Nations squad, so he’s probably ready to get some first-team action in again and put England behind him for a while.
Newcastle United have made their first signing since their managerial change, bringing in promising Hungarian defender Tamas Kadar in from Zalaegerszegi (that’s a mouthful!) for 900,000 pounds. The 17-year old impressed enough during a trial at Newcastle United to get a four and a half year deal, and the fee paid to his former club makes him the most expensive defender in Hungarian football history.
Now, to the side that Newcastle United defeated in a FA Cup replay this week. Stoke are splashing out the cash as they look to make the move up to the top flight, and after signing defender Leon Cort for a club-record 1.2 million pounds, they’ve put a further million on Manchester United’s Ryan Shawcross, who, like Cort, had been impressing at the promotion hopefuls on loan.
The 20-year old has scored seven goals for Tony Pulis’ side this season, and his deal could wind up being worth a total of two million pounds depending on apperances (750,000) and how well the club does (250,000).
Fulham are in talks with Werder Bremen over a move for Danish midfielder Leon Andreasen. The 24-year old, who has been capped by his country’s national team eight times (with one goal) can play as a defender or a defensive midfielder. Andreasen’s asking price is 4 million euros, which shouldn’t be an issue for Fulham.
While Wigan are signing Antonio Valencia to a permanent deal (along with Erik Edman), the Spanish club that bears his name is wrapping up the signing of Ajax midfielder Hedwiges Maduro. The 22-year old, who already has 12 caps for the Dutch national team, well be the latest addition to his former Ajax coach’s rebuilding project, and he will likely partner another new addition, Ever Banega, in the center of Ronald Koeman’s new-look midfield.
Valencia are also reportedly close to signing Romanian star Nicolae Dica from Steaua in a 4.5 million euros. The 27-year old attacker has scored six times in 22 appearances for the Romanian national team, and has found the net with regularity in his club career, having scored in double-digits in each of the last six seasons, and on the way to the mark once again this term.
Apparently, the whole Fred story isn’t done just yet, according to Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas, as the indecisive Brazilian could flip-flop his recent decision to stay at Lyon.
Aulas: “He has just announced that he is staying? That’s great.
But he can also say the day after that he’s leaving for Tottenham or Middlesbrough because they gave him what he wants.
What bothers me most is his indecision. If I knew that he said this because he really wanted to stay, I would be relieved.”
And so would I, Mr. Aulas, so would I.
For the final morsels, in case you’re not full – Juventus are back in front in the race to sign Momo Sissoko, and could sign Olof Mellberg soon as well, and could get him on the cheap, if Villa are desperate to get a fee for him before the window closes…Tiago could be on his way back to London, as Sky Sports’ website says that the midfielder’s agent has been in talks with Tottenham…Monaco hot-shot Jeremy Menez wants a move to Inter…Aston Villa are looking at a potential move for highly-rated Sevilla defender Jose Angel Crespo…Kansas City selected UCLA defender Chance Myers with the first pick of the MLS SuperDraft.