Portsmouth yesterday bolstered their squad with the signing of four players as the club seeks to replace the stellar names who departed Fratton Park this summer.
Ghanian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng arrives from Tottenham on a £4m deal after failing to settle in two seasons at White Hart Lane, striker Aruna Dindane joins on loan from Lens, while former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown has moved from Wigan.
Another Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, became the fourth new arrival, after signing a new contract at the North London club. “It was frustrating to be sat on the bench at Tottenham,” the England under-21 international admitted. “It’s a chance to play for a side who have done really well over the last few years and I hope I can come here and get games. I’m always going to give 100% and I hope I’ll fit in straightaway and get to know the lads.”
Hammers sign Diamanti
West Ham have secured the signing of Livorno forward Alessandro Diamanti on a free transfer. “I am very happy to be here,” the striker said. “And to get the chance to play for [West Ham manager] Gianfranco Zola.”
The 26-year-old scored 18 goals in 37 games for Livorno last season and Zola was equally enthusiastic about the move. “He can be a superstar,” Zola admitted. “I want him to make an impact as soon as possible but I don’t want to put pressure on him. He is now in a different environment and championship at a higher level and it’s up to him to adapt.”
Black Cats pass Mensah test
Sunderland last night completed the season-long loan signing of Lyons centre-back John Mensah.
Black Cats manager Steve Bruce also has the option to buy the Ghanaian international - nicknamed the ‘Rock of Gilbraltar - on a permanent deal at the end of the season. “I’m very delighted to join,” Mensah said. “It’s a dream come true. The Premier League is the best in the world. I hope I can do well here and I will listen and do whatever the coach tells me to.”
Robben moves on
Former Chelsea midfielder Arjen Robben has joined Bayern Munich from Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £22.5m.
The 25-year-old Netherlands international had been linked with moves to Tottenham and Manchester United over the summer, but said themove to Munich gave him a “good feeling” from the start. “This is a massive club with a glorious history,” he said. “I'm delighted to be here now.
Sneijder moves to San Siro
Real Madrid have confirmed that Wesley Sneijder, who has been linked with Tottenham and Aston Villa this summer, is to sign for the Italian champions Internazionale, on a five-year-deal.
Tuncay follows Huth south
Turkish international striker Tuncay yesterday followed former Teeside teammate Robert Huth in moving to Stoke from Middlesbrough in a £5m deal.
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