Transfer Talk: Caldwell the latest new arrival for Latics
Thursday 14 January 2010
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has secured his third signing of the transfer window, Scottish defender Gary Caldwell arriving on a four-and-a-half-year £1m deal from Celtic. The 27-year-old central defender has been drafted in to strengthen a back four that has leaked 44 goals in 19 league games this campaign. "He is a commanding defender," Martinez said, "who will lead by example on and off the pitch."
Galatasaray make offer for Goodison rightback
Everton manager David Moyes is considering a £750,000 offer from the Turkish club Galatasaray for versatile
defender Lucas Neill. The 31-year-old Australian international signed a one-year deal at Goodison Park only last September, joining as a free agent, and has featured 15 times for David Moyes' side. He has yet to feature in Europe, meaning he would be eligible to play for the Istanbul club in the Europa League.
Brazilian Sandro close to securing Spurs switch
The Brazil international Sandro is close to becoming Spurs' first signing of the transfer window after agreeing personal terms with the club. The 20-year-old Internacional midfielder has been linked with a £6m move for the past year. "Sandro is happy and ready to join," said the player's lawyer, Luiz Paulo Chignall. "All that remains is to finalise the small details. We have agreed all of Sandro's personal terms – his salary, the length of his contract." A potential hurdle remains the issue of a work permit for the player, who has won just one cap – meaning he falls short of the amount required for a work permit.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are all chasing Racing Santander's 18-year-old striker Sergio Canales. Liverpool's Ryan Babel is likely to leave Anfield in the transfer window to generate transfer funds for manager Rafael Benitez. Chelsea target Edin Dzeko favours a move to Milan should he leave Wolfsburg.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists the Potters remain interested in Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones but will not pay "silly money", after Black Cats manager Steve Bruce valued the player at £40m.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp continues to monitor Joe Cole's contract negotiations with Chelsea in an effort to expand the White Hart Lane side's options on the wing, while unsettled striker Roman Pavlyuchenko could finally be on his way out of the club, returning home to Zenit St Petersburg.
New Bolton manager Owen Coyle is attempting to bring Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere to the Reebok on loan.
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