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Tottenham agree deal for Soldado; Inter Milan sign Diego Laxalt

Tottenham have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Valencia CF, subject to medical, for the transfer of Roberto Soldado.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Valencia CF, subject to medical, for the transfer of Spain international striker Roberto Soldado, according to the club’s official website.

Soldado, who joined Valencia from Getafe for €10 million in the summer of 2010, will reportedly put pen to paper on a four-year deal after completing a medical on Friday.

The Spain international, 28, will become Spurs’ third summer signing — with Nacer Chadli and Paulinho having already moved to White Hart Lane from FC Twente and Corinthians, respectively — after the North London club agreed a club record fee of £26 million for the former Real Madrid youngster.

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado subject to medical,” read a statement on Spurs’ official website.

The arrival of Soldado gives manager Andre Villas-Boas a third strike option, along with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, ahead of the club’s English Premier League opener against newly-promoted Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, 18 August.

Soldado bagged 30 goals and five assists in 46 appearances in all competitions for Los Che last season.

Inter Milan sign Diego Laxalt

F.C. Internazionale Milano have completed the signing of Diego Laxalt from Uruguayan Primera División Defensor Sporting on a five-year deal, Sky Sports understands.

Laxalt, 20, impressed at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this summer, playing in all seven matches for the runners-up.

The Uruguay youth international has joined the likes of Ishak Belfodil and Mauro Icardi at the San Siro in an attempt to rejuvenate the Nerazzurri with promising youngsters following their unexpected ninth-place finish last term.

Then-manager Andrea Stramaccioni has since been replaced with Walter Mazzarri, who managed S.S.C. Napoli from 2009 to the end of last season.

Charlie Austin joins Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is absolutely delighted with the arrival of Charlie Austin from Burnley, per Sky Sports.

Austin, 24, has inked a three-year deal at Loftus Road.

The 24-year-old talisman, formerly of Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town, Poole Town and Swindon Town, was on the verge of completing a dream move to the Premier League with Hull City A.F.C. earlier this summer.

However, he failed a medical and the deal fell through, much to the delight of Harry Redknapp.

“Charlie’s an out-and-out goalscorer and we’re delighted to have him here,” said Redknapp.

“He’s scored goals wherever he has played throughout his career and I’m very confident he’ll take his game to the next level with us.

“I’ve got no doubt that if we give him the right service he will score a lot of goals for us.

“He’s young, he’s hungry and he’s up for the challenge of helping us get out of this division.”

Austin scored 27 goals in 40 competitive appearances for the Clarets in 2012/13.

Thu 1 August, 2013
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