Transfer news and speculation, 4 June
Wednesday 04 June 2008
Stuttgart have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on a one-year contract. The 38-year-old Germany international had fallen out of the first team at Arsenal, where he spent five years, and was given a free transfer. The probable first-choice keeper for Germany at Euro 2008, Lehmann's extensive experience is expected to help a young Stuttgart side who suffered a rocky time last season following their Bundesliga title in 2007. "The talks with those in charge at Stuttgart were very pleasant from the start," Lehmann said. "I'm looking forward to Stuttgart and the Bundesliga and want to contribute my part to the new season."
Carsley completes transfer
Midfielder Lee Carsley has completed his move from Everton to Birmingham City after passing a medical. The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international agreed a two-year deal at St Andrews last month after turning down a new contract at Goodison Park. Carsley is Alex McLeish's first summer signing following Birmingham's relegation to the Championship. Birmingham-born Carsley, who has 38 caps to his name, joined the Toffees from Coventry City for £1,950,000 in 2002 having previously played for Derby County and Blackburn Rovers.
Berra linked to Molineux move
Wolves have made a bid for the highly-rated Hearts defender Christophe Berra, although the player's agent expects their initial offer to be rejected. The 23-year-old centre-back made his full international debut for Scotland last Friday when he came on as a late substitute in the 3-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in Prague.
New contract for Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov has been given a new one-year contract at Charlton, despite the striker being out through injury since October. The 29-year-old was sorely missed last season as Charlton's promotion bid faltered, and manager Alan Pardew is backing him to come back stronger next term. "He's fitter now than when we signed him last summer," said Pardew.
Ledley stays loyal to Bluebirds
Cardiff City's Joe Ledley has pledged his allegiance to the club and expressed his determination to help them reach the Premier League next season. The 21-year-old midfielder, who impressed during Cardiff's run to the FA Cup final this season, said: "Of course I'd love to play in the Premier League – every footballer wants to. But my dream is to play there with Cardiff City and I hope it can happen next year."
Yesterday's completed moves:
Matt Lockwood (Nottm Forest) to Colchester; Undis
Jordi Gomez (Espanyol) to Swansea City; Loan
Lee Carsley (Everton) to Birmingham City; Free
Jens Lehmann (Arsenal) to Stuttgart; Free
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