West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of the England goalkeeper Scott Carson from Liverpool. Carson has signed a four-year deal, for an initial fee of £3.25m which could rise by £500,000, depending on "performance-related criteria". The signing is Albion's seventh since they gained promotion in May and brings their summer spending to £13.75m. Roman Bednar, Luke Moore, Doheon Kim, Graham Dorrans, Gianni Zuiverloon and Marek Cech have already been signed. The 22-year-old Carson, who played 35 Premier League games for Aston Villa last season, is second on the all-time list of England Under-21 appearance-makers, with 29, and was in the team that reached the 2007 European Championship semi-finals. Sven-Goran Eriksson, then the England manager, named him in his 2006 World Cup squad and he made two B international appearances before being given his senior debut in a 1-0 win over Austria in November 2007. Five days later, with the regular No 1 Paul Robinson out of form, Carson started the make-or-break Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia at Wembley which England lost 3-2, confirming their absence from this summer's finals.
Brown makes bid for Wigan's King
Hull City manager Phil Brown has confirmed that the club have bid for the Wigan striker Marlon King. The 28-year-old scored one goal in 15 games for the Latics after joining from Watford for £5m in January. It is believed the offer would break the club record fee of £2m which they paid Plymouth for Peter Halmosi on Wednesday. The Egypt striker Amr Zaki, meanwhile, is set to complete his move to Wigan next week after passing a medical on Thursday. The 25-year-old is understood to be close to sealing a season-long loan move from Zamalek with a view to a permanent deal. He would become manager Steve Bruce's third signing of the summer after the former Birmingham pair Olivier Kapo and Daniel de Ridder.
Pulis makes Kitson Stoke's record buy
Stoke City have signed striker Dave Kitson from Reading for a club record £5.5m. The 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal to become manager Tony Pulis' first summer signing. Kitson scored 54 goals in 111 appearances for the Royals but has decided to move on following the club's relegation. Pulis said: "I've seen a lot of him over the years and have been impressed with his attitude and his ability to adapt to the challenge of moving into higher divisions throughout his career at Cambridge and Reading."
Pride Park move for Kazmierczak
Derby County are set to complete the loan signing of the Polish international Przemyslaw Kazmierczak from the Portuguese champions Porto. The 26-year-old, who has nine caps, has agreed a season-long deal and will complete the formalities on his move early next week. Sheffield United, meanwhile, have accepted an improved bid from Derby for striker Rob Hulse. The 28-year-old is expected to sign after completing a medical after discussing personal terms with Derby's chairman of football, Adam Pearson.
Yesterday's completed moves:
Dave Kitson (Reading) to Stoke City; £5.5m
Scott Carson (Liverpool) to West Bromwich Albion; £3.25m
Calvin Andrew (Luton Town) to Crystal Palace; Undisclosed
Jon Harley (unattached) to Watford; Signed
Graham Stack (unattached) to Plymouth Argyle; Signed
Luke Waterfall (unattached) to Tranmere Rovers; Signed
Adam Hammill (Liverpool) to Blackpool; LoanReuse content