Lee Bowyer last night joined West Ham United from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, thought to be about £750,000.
The 29-year-old midfielder has also taken a substantial pay cut to sign for the club he supported as a boy. His departure will heighten Newcastle's efforts to sign Fulham's Steed Malbranque for £4m.
Bowyer, capped once by England, had a six-month stint with the Hammers in 2003 before moving to St James' Park. He said: "I am desperate to do well for West Ham. I loved my time at Newcastle but this is my club. I didn't play well last time. I had a bad ankle injury and kept playing on it which was to nobody's benefit. I see this as unfinished business. I want to show the fans what I can do."
Chelsea are set to bank an impressive return for Robert Huth, with Middlesbrough having agreed to pay £6m for the 21-year-old German international.
Chelsea are also prepared to sell Carlton Cole to Tottenham Hotspur but no fee has been agreed.Reuse content