Sunderland have confirmed the signing of the Fulham striker David Healy for an undisclosed fee. The Northern Ireland international underwent a medical yesterday afternoon and agreed terms. He will be accompanied up front for Roy Keane's side by the France striker Djibril Cissé, whose season-long loan deal from Marseilles was confirmed yesterday. The former Liverpool forward is the Black Cats' fifth major signing of the summer following Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda, Steed Malbranque and El-Hadji Diouf. The 27-year-old has joined the club with a view to a permanent deal and Keane underlined the importance of Cissé's experience as the Black Cats look to improve on last season when they finished 15th following their return to the top flight. He said: "The signing of Djibril shows how far this club have moved on since the end of last season. His experience will bring a lot to the squad and he will hopefully add some goals to the side. He is known for scoring them as well as creating them."
Liverpool yet to act on Riera
Espanyol's sporting director Paco Herrera has reiterated that there have been no enquiries from Liverpool or any other club for the winger Albert Riera. Riera is reportedly a transfer target for the Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, but Herrera, echoing comments he made earlier this week, insisted today they have not received any offer for the 26-year-old left-sided Spain international. Herrera also said he hopes the situation remains the same until the transfer window closes. "The best thing that could happen is that no player leaves," Herrera said. "Right now Espanyol have a fantastic team."
Sno heads back home after failing to settle
Ajax have announced the signing of the midfielder Evander Sno on a three-year contract. The 21-year-old returns to his native Netherlands after two seasons at Celtic, in which he was unable to establish himself as a first-team regular. Sno – a product of the Ajax youth system – joined Celtic from Feyenoord in 2006.
Neill begins 'contract talks' at West Ham
West Ham club captain Lucas Neill has had "preliminary" talks with the club about a new contract. The 30-year-old claims there is "interest from elsewhere" but he insists he is proud to be captain of the Hammers. A pre-season move to Manchester City appeared to be a possibility after suggestions that the Hammers manager Alan Curbishley was under instruction to cut the club's wage bill.
Yesterday's completed moves:
Steven Davis (Fulham) to Rangers; £3m
David Healy (Fulham) to Sunderland; Undisclosed
David Mooney (Cork City) to Reading; Undisclosed
Mikael Silvestre (Manchester United) to Arsenal; Undisclosed
Jerome Thomas (Charlton Athletic) to Portsmouth; Undisclosed
Franz Burgmeier (unattached) to Darlington; Signed
Djibril Cisse (Marseilles) to Sunderland; Loan
Tony McMahon (Middlesbrough) to Sheffield Wednesday; Loan
Lenny Pidgley (Millwall) to Woking; Loan
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) to Southend United; Loan
Armand Traore (Arsenal) to Portsmouth; LoanReuse content