Transfer News and Speculation: 12 July
Saturday 12 July 2008
Arsène Wenger is in no doubt that the French midfielder Samir Nasri will be a "quality" addition to his Arsenal squad. The Gunners yesterday completed the transfer of the 21-year-old from Marseilles on a long-term contract for a fee reported to be around £12m.
Wenger – who could now allow the unsettled Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb to leave – feels Nasri has "great potential". "He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player," said Wenger. "Samir has shown great potential with his performances for Marseilles and the French national team over the past two seasons and he will add great quality to our squad."
Nasri made two appearances for France at Euro 2008 and announced last month, prematurely, a deal with Arsenal. With all the documents now processed Wenger can look forward to a season which kicks off on 12 or 13 August with a Champions League qualifier.
Nasri will join the squad for the tour of Austria which begins on 21 July. He said: "This is a very important step because Arsenal is a massive club. I really hope everything will go well for me here. I do will my best for Arsenal and its fans and I am honoured to be part of such a great club."
Mendy to give Tigers added bite
Hull City have confirmed the free transfer signing of the France international Bernard Mendy on a three-year contract. Mendy, the former Bolton defender, was strongly linked with the Premier League newcomers after leaving Paris St-Germain as a free agent. The Tigers coach, Phil Brown, previously worked with the 26-year-old during his season-long spell at the Reebok Stadium, where he was assistant coach to the manager, Sam Allardyce. "Above all I'll be meeting up again with Phil Brown, who was the assistant coach at Bolton when PSG loaned me out there," Mendy told the French sports newspaper L'Equipe. "That counted a lot."
Coleman captures striker Eastwood
Coventry City's pursuit of Wolves striker Freddy Eastwood is close to being finalised after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the player. The manager Chris Coleman has been chasing the Wales international all summer.
Huckerby moves to United States
The former Manchester City striker Darren Huckerby has joined Major League Soccer outfit San Jose Earthquakes. The 32-year-old signed an 18-month contract after his deal with Championship side Norwich expired at the end of June.
*YESTERDAY'S COMPLETED MOVES
Peter Crouch (Liverpool) to Portsmouth: £9m
Diego Cavalieri (Palmeiras) to Liverpool: Undisclosed
Tony Craig (Crystal Palace) to Millwall: Undisclosed
Gary Hooper (Southend Utd) to Scunthorpe Utd: Undisclosed
Samir Nasri (Marseilles) to Arsenal: Undisclosed
Ryan Cresswell (Sheffield United) to Bury: Free
George O'Callaghan (Cork City) to Tranmere Rovers: Free
Bas Savage (Port Vale) to Tranmere Rovers: Free
Mark Cook (unattached) to Hartlepool United: Signed
Bernard Mendy (unattached) to Hull City: Signed
David Williams (unattached) to Oldham Athletic: Signed
Jermaine Wright (unattached) to Blackpool: Signed
Jake Cole (Queen's Park Rangers) to Oxford United: Loan
Steve Kabba (Watford) to Blackpool: Loan
Jake Livermore (Tottenham H) to Crewe Alexandra: Loan
Darren Randolph (Charlton Athletic) to Hereford United: Loan
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