Ajax sign Tainio

(GSM) – Teemu Tainio has joined Eredivisie giants Ajax on a one-year deal after being released by Sunderland.

Tainio’s contract with the Premier League outfit was terminated by mutual consent on transfer deadline day, which allowed the Finland international to move to Holland.

The 30-year-old midfielder will be reunited in Amsterdam with Martin Jol, who signed Tainio for Tottenham Hotspur in 2005.

The former Spurs boss, who had been keeping tabs on Tainio after leaving White Hart Lane in 2007, has thanked Sunderland for helping the move go through.

“I am very happy we could strength our squad on the final day of the international transfer market,” the Ajax boss told the club’s official website.

“Teemu is someone who can do his job in the midfield. He is a winner, a player with a good mentality. I have worked with him at Tottenham Hotspur and continued to follow him.

“I am happy the board at Sunderland was willing to co-operate despite a running deal with Teemu. Therefore it was possible for us to sign Teemu.”

Tainio made 83 appearances in three years with Spurs before leaving for Sunderland in 2008 for an undisclosed fee.

But the versatile Finn, who has made 51 international appearances, played just 22 games for the Black Cats before going on loan to Birmingham City last season.

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Galatasaray make Misimovic swoop

(GSM) – Turkish giants Galatasaray have signed Wolfsburg midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic on a four-year deal.

The Bosnian playmaker had been deemed was surplus to the requirements of the Bundesliga club following the signing of Diego from Juventus.

The 28-year-old, who had joined Wolfsburg in 2007, was a key part of their Bundesliga triumph in 2008. In total, he scored 17 goals in 65 Bundesliga matches.

“Misimovic is leaving and transferring to Galatasaray with immediate effect,” Wolfsburg said in a statement.

“We thank him for his performances and wish him success,” Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hoeness said.

Misimovic is joined at Gala by Liverpool left-back Emiliano Insua, who has moved to the Turkish club on a season-long loan deal.

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Galatasaray make Misimovic swoop

(GSM) – Turkish giants Galatasaray have signed Wolfsburg midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovi? on a four-year deal.

The Bosnian playmaker had been deemed was surplus to the requirements of the Bundesliga club following the signing of Diego from Juventus.

The 28-year-old, who had joined Wolfsburg in 2007, was a key part of their Bundesliga triumph in 2008. In total, he scored 17 goals in 65 Bundesliga matches.

“Misimovic is leaving and transferring to Galatasaray with immediate effect,” Wolfsburg said in a statement.

“We thank him for his performances and wish him success,” Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hoeness said.

Misimovi? is joined at Gala by Liverpool left-back Emiliano Insua, who has moved to the Turkish club on a season-long loan deal.

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Kaladze joins Genoa

(GSM) – Genoa have announced the signing of Kakha Kaladze on a permanent transfer from Milan.

The 32-year-old Georgia captain joins Genoa after a nine stay at the San Siro, and has signed a two-year contract with Genoa.

A statement from Genoa read: “Genoa announces the signing of Georgian international Kakhaber Kaladze on a permanent transfer from AC Milan.

“In the next few days the defender will join Giampiero Gasperini’s side in training.”

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Bolton make Rodrigo swoop

(GSM) – Bolton Wanderers have signed Spain Under-19 striker Rodrigo Moreno on a season long loan from Benfica.

The 19-year-old, who joined Benfica from Real Madrid last month, has been allowed to go out on loan.

Brazilian-born Rodrigo was on the mark for Spain in their 2-1 defeat to France in the European Under-19 Championship final in July.

Assistant boss Sandy Stewart said: “He is a quick, exciting young player who can play up front and out wide.”

Rodrigo will be reunited with former team-mate Marcos Alonso, who joined the Trotters from Real Madrid in July.

“We watched Rodrigo play alongside Marcos in the Real Madrid B team last season and we were obviously interested in signing the two of them,” Stewart added.

“He went to Benfica as part of the Angel di Maria deal but we still chased his signature and now we are delighted to eventually get him to our football club.

“We are looking forward to working with him and we are confident that he will bolster what is already a strong squad of players.”

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Gudjohnsen heads mass Stoke intake

Icelandic international striker Eidur Gudjohnsen joined English Premier League side Stoke on loan for the season on Tuesday from French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

The 31-year-old, who won the Champions League with Barcelona before moving to Monaco last year, was one of four players that Stoke signed on transfer deadline day and said he was delighted to be back playing in a league where he enjoyed great success with first Bolton and then Chelsea.

“I am delighted to be here, it is a new challenge, but one that I am really looking forward to,” Gudjohnsen told the club website.

“After speaking to the manager (Tony Pulis) and hearing his and the club’s ambitions, he really swayed my mind, and I am delighted the deal is done.”

Pulis for his part was overjoyed to have persuaded a player with Gudjohnsen’s ability to join them.

“This is a fantastic signing for the club because Eidur is a player of outstanding international calibre who has performed at the highest level,” Pulis told the club website.

Pulis – who guided them to a respectable 11th place in their first season in the Premier League – also signed 27-year-old former Liverpool and Leeds winger Jermaine Pennant on loan from Real Zaragoza till January.

Pulis, who has been in charge since 2006, also signed highly-regarded 23-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international midfielder Marc Wilson from Championship side Portsmouth which saw Stoke duo Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson move the other way.

“This is a great club which is on the up and so this is a positive move for me,” said Wilson, who represents the Republic of Ireland despite being born in Northern Ireland.

“I had a taste of playing in the Premier League last season, its the best league in the world and I wanted to get back there as soon as possible,” added Wilson, who missed out on Portsmouth’s FA Cup final appearance last term because he was injured.

Pulis also persuaded Senegalese international midfielder Salif Diao to re-sign for two years, just months after he had decided to leave the club.

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Lille sign Rozehnal on loan

French Ligue 1 club Lille signed experienced Czech international defender David Rozehnal on a one season loan from Bundesliga side Hamburg on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old – capped 63 times and a member of the Czech Republic side that won the European Under-21 championship in 2002 – replaces Nicolas Plestan, who moved to Hamburg’s rivals Schalke 04 on Tuesday.

Lille said in a statement that they had signed Rozehnal – who has previous experience in France with Paris Saint Germain from 2005-07 – by his physical qualities and especially his vast experience across the European leagues.

As well as PSG Rozehnal – who began his career with Sigma Olomouc – has played for Belgian side Bruges, English Premier League outfit Newcastle United and in Serie A with Lazio.

He signed a three year contract with Hamburg last year, playing 23 times for them and scoring once.

He is Lille’s second signing since the end of last season after they signed striker Moussa Sow from rivals Rennes.

Lille have yet to lose this season having drawn all four of their matches.

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Lille sign Rozenhal on loan

French Ligue 1 club Lille signed experienced Czech international defender David Rozenhal on a one season loan from Bundesliga side Hamburg on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old – capped 63 times and a member of the Czech Republic side that won the European Under-21 championship in 2002 – replaces Nicolas Plestan, who moved to Hamburg’s rivals Schalke 04 on Tuesday.

Lille said in a statement that they had signed Rozenhal – who has previous experience in France with Paris Saint Germain from 2005-07 – by his physical qualities and especially his vast experience across the European leagues.

As well as PSG Rozenhal – who began his career with Sigma Olomouc – has played for Belgian side Bruges, English Premier League outfit Newcastle United and in Serie A with Lazio.

He signed a three year contract with Hamburg last year, playing 23 times for them and scoring once.

He is Lille’s second signing since the end of last season after they signed striker Moussa Sow from rivals Rennes.

Lille have yet to lose this season having drawn all four of their matches.

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Too soon to make comparisons to Barca, says Ramos

Real Madrid’s World Cup winning right back Sergio Ramos said on Tuesday it was too soon to compare his side to their arch-rivals Barcelona with the Catalan team holding a two-point advantage after just one match.

Real were held to a goalless draw at Real Mallorca on Sunday in their first La Liga match with Jose Mourinho as coach while defending Spanish champions Barcelona beat Racing Santander 3-0.

“Of course we would have liked to have started the season collecting three points,” Ramos told reporters as the Spain squad gathered in Madrid to begin preparing for their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday against Liechtenstein.

“We must continue improving. It is too soon to compare us to anyone and to debate who is ahead and who is behind,” the 24-year-old added.

The arrival of Mourinho, one of the world?s most successful and expensive coaches, at the Spanish giants in May has fueled the already intense interest in the annual La Liga horse race between Real and Barcelona.

The Portuguese coach admitted he was disappointed to begin his Real career with a 0-0 draw and blamed poor finishing as the reason for his team’s failure.

“It is important to defend well and score when you are not at your best and we are far from our best. We didn’t play well but we did enough to win,” he said after the match.

“We had five or six chances but didn’t take any of them and I am disappointed about that. We were solid defensively and if we had scored we would have taken the three points.”

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Interesting transfer deadline day!

The summer transfer window shut at 6pm today there were some interesting moves on deadline day.

Today was the last chance for Premier League clubs to strengthen their squads until the January transfer window.

Interesting Moves

Robinho (Manchester City to AC Milan undisclosed fee, believed to be £22million)

The underperforming Brazilian attacker has joined fellow countrymen Pato and Ronaldinho at the San Siro. He has big talent but his mentality was questioned while at Eastlands. Maybe the Italian game will bring the best out of the little striker and at the World Cup he showed that he could be about to rediscover his best form.

Asamoah Gyan (Rennes to Sunderland £13million)

The Ghanaian becomes the Mackems record signing after making the switch from French club Rennes. The 24 year-old international impressed me at the World Cup and he could prove to be a superb signing for Steve Bruce. The thought of a Asamoah Gyan-Darren Bent partnership will be a thrilling one for fans of the North-East club.

Eidur Gudjohnsen (Monaco to Stoke, season long-loan)

The former-Chelsea striker is an intelligent footballer and will bring a bit of craft to the Potters forward line. Although 30 he still has lots of gas left in the tank and a quick footballing brain. I’m sure he will prove a shrewd signing for Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

DJ Campbell (Leicester City to Blackpool, undisclosed fee)

The striker may not be the most technically gifted footballer but he had a big impact on the Tangerines campaign last season when on-loan at the club. Pool boss Ian Holloway wanted to sign him earlier this summer but couldn’t agree terms with the Foxes until today.

Franco Di Santo (Chelsea to Wigan, undisclosed fee)

The 20 year-old striker has joined the Latics from champions Chelsea. The Argentinian youngster spent last season out on-loan at Blackburn but scored just one goal. According to Chelsea insiders they rated him highly but he was never likely to make the breakthrough into the Chelsea first team. Maybe a move is just what he needs to finally fulfil his potential.

Paul Konchesky (Fulham to Liverpool £3million)

The left-back may not be the biggest name signing of the summer but he is a reliable Premier League performer. He also already knows how his new boss Roy Hodgson works. Konchesky is certainly a better option than playing centre-back Daniel Agger out of position.

Jean Beausejour (Club America to Birmingham £4million)

The Chilean international midfielder has joined the Blues after impressing for the South Americans at the World Cup. Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has been tracking the left-sided midfielder for a long time and has finally got his man.

Alexander Hleb (Barcelona to Birmingham, season long-loan)

The attacking midfielder has proved something of a nomad since leaving Arsenal. He joined Barcelona but struggled to gain a regular first team spot at the Nou Camp. He then spent last season on-loan at Bundesliga side Stuttgart. If he can rediscover his best form in the Midlands he could be one of the shrewdest signings of this transfer window.

Who has been the best signing of deadline day?

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