Bolton announce Sturridge loan

Bolton Wanderers have announced the signing of Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge on loan until the end of the season.

Sturridge has made 21 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season, scoring four goals, but has largely been used as a substitute by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The 21-year-old will compete with the likes of Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies for a first-team spot and Wanderers manager Owen Coyle was delighted with his new acquisition.

“I’m really pleased to have Daniel with us,” Coyle told the club’s official website.

“He’s a terrific young talent and one of the most exciting strikers in the country. We’re all looking forward to working with him.”

An England under-21 international, Sturridge expressed hope that he would feature regularly for Bolton.

“I spoke with the manager and he outlined what he hopes to achieve and his plans. It was an easy decision to sign for Bolton Wanderers and I’m looking forward to linking up with the squad on Tuesday,” Sturridge said.

“Obviously the club offers me the opportunity to play regular football and the manager has spoke very highly – he has made me want to join the club with the things that he has said.”

Sturridge could make his Bolton debut when the Wanderers host Wolves on Wednesday.

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Liverpool seal Suarez signing

Liverpool have finalised the signing of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from Dutch giants Ajax for a fee of 26.5 million Euros.

The two clubs agreed a fee on Friday for the 24-year-old forward but the transfer was not completed until Monday, after the player passed a medical and was granted a work permit.

Suarez has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Merseyside club.

“The club agreed a fee of up to 26.5 million Euros with Ajax for the transfer of the Uruguayan international on Friday,” a Liverpool statement read.

“The deal was subject to the completion of a medical, which the player has now passed. Luis Suarez will wear the No.7 shirt for Liverpool.”

After signing from Groningen in 2007, Suarez scored an incredible 81 goals in 110 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax.

He scored 49 goals in all competitions for Ajax in the 2009-10 season before starring for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he netted three goals in six matches.

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Rovers sign attacking duo

Premier League club Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the dual signing of Ruben Rochina and Mauro Formica.

Both players move to Ewood Park on permanent deals with Rochina joining from Spanish giants Barcelona and Formica making the switch from Argentinean side Newell’s Old Boys.

Rochina, a 19-year-old striker and Spain under-19 international, has progressed through Barca’s youth system, leaving Rovers manager Steve Kean excited about the acquisition.

“He is a genuine addition to our squad, a young player with great ability who can play in a number of attacking positions,” Kean said.

“Ruben joins our elite development group alongside the likes of Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett and will compete for a place in the team from the word go.”

“The fact we are able to sign young players from the likes of Barcelona is further evidence of the owners’ intention to push the club forward.”

“They told me they were keen to add to our youth development group and this is a significant and exciting signing for us.”

Rochina has netted twice in 13 appearances for Barcelona’s reserves this season, who play in Spain’s second tier.

Formica, 22, is a highly-rated Argentina under-17 international who will add strength and depth to the Rovers midfield.

“Mauro is a fantastic talent, an attacking player who has been in great demand,” Kean said of the attacking midfielder.

“He has great technical ability and is a typical Argentinian with a bit of fight and a bit of devilment in him.”

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Newcastle bring Ireland on board

Newcastle have completed the loan signing of midfielder Stephen Ireland from Premier League rivals Aston Villa until the end of the season.

Ireland, 24, was allowed to leave Villa Park after the club announced that American international Michael Bradley will join the club on loan from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

The signing will boost Newcastle’s attacking options with the imminent departure of striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

“Stephen has shown over the past few seasons that he’s a real top player so we’re really pleased to have got him until the end of the season,” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told the club’s official website.

“He can create chances for others and score goals himself, and we think he can be a big factor for us in the second part of this season.”

“I think Stephen feels he can deliver more than he’s shown at Villa so far, so he’s got a point to prove and I believe we can reap the benefits of that.”

Ireland joined Villa as part of the deal that saw James Milner move to Manchester City in the off-season but failed to secure a regular place in the side.

The Republic of Ireland International has fallen out of favour with Villa manager Gerard Houllier, who criticised the attacking midfielder for his work ethic.

Ireland has just made six Premier League starts this season and is yet to score a goal.

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Matri joins Juve, Amauri departs

Serie A giants Juventus have confirmed the loan signing of Cagliari’s Alessandro Matri on the same day they saw Amauri join Parma.

Matri, 26, has joined Juve on a six-month loan deal with the option of a permanent transfer after scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances in the Serie A this season.

The Turin-based club have paid Cagliari 2.1 million pounds to secure the striker’s services for the remainder of the season and will part with 13.2 million pounds at the season’s end if they decide to sign him permanently.

As part of the Matri deal, Juve youngster Lorenzo Ariaudo will head to Cagliari.

The signing will offer manager Luigi Delneri more attacking options after he lost key forward Fabio Quagliarella to injury for the rest of the season.

Matri’s signing has also paved the way for the short-term departure of Amauri, who has joined fellow Serie A club Parma on a six-month loan deal.

Amauri’s agent, Ernesto Bronzetti, confirmed that the striker turned down approaches from Premier League clubs Fulham and West Brom, dubbing the clubs ‘not at his level’.

The towering forward enjoyed a previous stint at Parma between 2000 and 2003.

“Now it’s official. At 18.25 Amauri signed for Parma,” Juventus posted on their official Facebook profile.

“The club announce the temporary purchase from Juventus. Soon news on the presentation (of Amauri) will be announced.”

Amauri has struggled to score regularly since joining Juventus from Palermo in 2008, netting just 17 goals in 71 appearances.

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Villa land Bradley on loan

Premier League club Aston Villa have signed American international Michael Bradley on loan until the end of the season.

The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder impressed for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has joined the Midlands outfit on a short-term deal after passing a medical on Monday.

He will bolster Villa boss Gerard Houllier’s midfield options as the 1982 European Cup winners look to climb into the top half of the Premier League table.

“I am really excited to be joining Villa,” Bradley told the club’s official website.

“I am proud and thrilled and can’t wait to get going now. Everyone can see that Villa is a big club, a fantastic club, with tradition and great supporters.”

“Over the past few years Villa have made big strides and are trying to challenge at the very top of the Premier League. I am excited to be part of that and I am excited to be here.”

“I want to play at the highest level and test myself in the biggest of games. Whether it’s on Saturday against Fulham at Villa Park or the week after, I am excited to be here and ready to get going.”

Houllier sang the praises of his new signing, admitting his performances in South Africa played a big part in his desire to bring him to Birmingham.

“Michael is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile. I saw him play four times at the World Cup in South Africa,” Houllier said.

“I saw him once on TV but four times at the games for the national team, so in terms of scouting you cannot say the work has not been done. We’re pleased that he is here at Aston Villa.”

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Torres in talks with Chelsea

Chelsea have entered into negotiations with Fernando Torres after agreeing a deal with Liverpool, the Anfield club has revealed.

Mounting speculation has linked Chelsea with a 50 million-pound deal for Torres, with Newcastle United frontman Andy Carroll poised to move to Liverpool as the Spain striker’s replacement.

“Liverpool Football Club tonight confirmed they have agreed a fee with Chelsea for the sale of Fernando Torres,” a statement said on the Anfield club’s website on Monday.

“The player has now been given permission to speak to the London club.”

More to follow…

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Young going nowhere, says Houllier

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has insisted he has no intention of letting prized asset Ashley Young leave the club.

“I can confirm that Ashley is a highly rated player and highly liked by everyone at Aston Villa. No way is he going to leave,” Houllier said at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Manchester United.

“No official bid has been made,” he added about the England winger, who was signed from Watford for 10 million pounds four years ago by former manager Martin O’Neill and could be worth at least double that fee in the current market.

The Villa boss does not want Young to leave the club but the only stated last Friday that midfielder Stephen Ireland was going nowhere before the Irishman undertook a medical at Newcastle United ahead of a potential loan deal.

Houllier said he expected a lot from loan signing Michael Bradley, who joined from Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach on Monday.

The son of USA manager Bob Bradley, Villa’s new man is a box-to-box midfielder that represented his country at the 2010 World Cup.

“We’ve got to prepare for the future and Michael is 23 and a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals,” said Houllier.

The Frenchman sees the Premier League clash with Manchester United as a test after their recent improvement, which has seen them take seven points from their past three games.

“We are not the favourites, we are the underdogs,” Houllier said.

“But it will be an exciting challenge; it is always a good game against Manchester United. I loved the first game when we played them at home (on November 12, ending 2-2).”

“I thought that day I realised they had a good chance of winning the title. Don’t forget they were not top of the table at the time.”

“But when you come back from 0-0 to 2-2 and the way they came back shows some experience and a real desire to win things. I was impressed by the team.”

Houllier has put Villa’s progress down to clearing players out of a busy treatment room.

He said: “It came from the fact that some senior players came back and came back into form; we worked harder physically to a stage where we can score goals in the last stage of the game or hold a result.”

“We are more solid physically and mentally – that is a very important thing. There is probably better understanding from the manager and what he thinks about his players.”

Houllier’s main injury doubt for Tuesday’s trip to Old Trafford is striker Gabby Agbonlahor, who is nursing a hamstring complaint.

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Carroll closer to Reds move

Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll is on his way to Liverpool for a medical, the Anfield club have confirmed.

Liverpool are reportedly ready to pay an astonishing 35 million pounds for the 22-year-old, who has scored 11 goals in the English Premier League this season.

“Liverpool FC confirmed this afternoon that Newcastle United have accepted a club record offer for the transfer of Andy Carroll,” a statement on the Reds’ website said.

“The club have been given permission by Newcastle to discuss personal terms with the player, who will now travel to Liverpool for a medical.”

Carroll’s imminent signing will offset some of the hurt caused by Fernando Torres’ likely departure, with the Spanish superstar believed to be undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of a reported 50 million-pound move.

Liverpool have already sanctioned left-back Paul Konchesky’s loan move to Championship club Nottingham Forest.

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Turkish delight for Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Stoke City striker Tuncay Sanli in a deal worth 5.2 million pounds, both clubs have confirmed.

Tuncay has signed a contract tying him to the Bundesliga club until June 2014, a move that the 29-year-old describes as a dream come true.

“On three occasions, moves to Germany have fallen through at the last minute, so I am delighted, but also relieved, that this time I have been able to make the most of this opportunity,” Tuncay told Stoke’s official website.

“I would like to thank the manager and everyone at the club and, of course, the supporters for making me feel so welcome at Stoke City.”

“I can assure you I would not have joined another English club, but this was too good an opportunity for me to fulfil my dream.”

Potters boss Tony Pulis was delighted to have been able to fulfill the Turkey international’s wish to move to Germany, just 17 months after he joined the Potters from Middlesbrough.

“Tunny came to me at the weekend and asked me if the club would help him to achieve his dream,” Pulis said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for him, and it is a fantastic deal for the club when you consider what we paid for him when he signed from Middlesbrough.”

“I spoke to Tunny a number of times about his hopes and ambitions in his playing career and it was quite apparent that he saw Germany as a great opportunity not only to be much closer to home but also to boost his international prospects as well.”

“This move suits Tunny’s needs and everyone here wishes him well in the future.”

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