Emre completes move from Newcastle to Fenerbahce
Wednesday 23 July 2008
Turkey midfielder Emre Belozoglu signed a four-year contract with Fenerbahce today.
Fenerbahce announced in May that it had agreed an undisclosed transfer fee with Premier League club Newcastle for Emre, but the signing of the contract was delayed due to the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.
Emre only played one game in five at Euro 2008 due to a leg injury as Turkey reached the semifinals.
"I worked for many years to represent Turkish football in Europe," Emre said. "Now, I'm happy to sign with Fenerbahce and I hope to serve them for many years."
Fenerbahce didn't announce how much Emre would be paid, but television station NTV reported that he will receive an annual salary of €3.5 million.
The 27-year-old midfielder transferred to Newcastle from Inter Milan in 2005.
Meanwhile, West Ham have completed the £5million signing of Switzerland international Valon Behrami from Lazio.
The 23-year-old can play at right-back or in midfield and has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League club after passing a medical. Behrami, who has 15 caps, played in all three of his country's matches at Euro 2008 and was a regular for Lazio, playing for the Rome side in last year's Champions League.
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