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Leicester City bolstered their defensive unit by working out a transfer for FC Schalke left back Christian Fuchs.

Fuchs was released by Schalke so the Foxes get him without a transfer fee. At 29 years old, he has an impressive resume, capped 66 times by the Austrian national team along with 99 appearances in league play over the past four seasons. Jeffrey Schlupp, the exciting young star for the Foxes, has been developed as a left back but will likely be pushed further up the pitch to accommodate Fuchs, which may be in everyone's best interest as Schlupp looks better served as an attacking-minded player. With Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Kasper Schmeichel all resuming their roles, Leicester should have a fairly good defense next season.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 4 - 3:49 PM

Watford bring in Sebastian Prodl from Werder Bremen on a free transfer, and the Austrian center back figures to be a regular for the Hornets.

Prodl was being phased out of action with the Bundesliga side at the tail end of his seven year run and was released at the end of this past season. It was good business for Watford to scoop him up for free and it gives Prodl a chance to re-establish himself with what looks to be regular playing time. How well he fares will be very key to the Hornets and their chances of survival
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 4 - 3:38 PM

West Ham signed keeper Darren Randolph after agreeing to terms with Birmingham City for his transfer.

Randolph was brought in before Slaven Bilic assumed the managerial role for the Hammers, but it is not exactly a major signing that causes any question to roles of others on the club, as he is a clear backup for the established Adrian and keepers do not exactly have a major influence on a manager's preferred style of play. Unless Adrian is injured, you will very likely not hear of Randolph's name again for the foreseeable future.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 4 - 3:23 PM

Newly signed Kevin Wimmer relishes his chance to develop with Tottenham, pointing out how full of young great talent the club has put together.

The Austrian center back is only 22 years of age and has the potential to develop into a first team regular at some point, signing a five-year contract with Spurs. With Jan Vertonghen on the last year of his deal and Federico Fazio being solid but less than spectacular, this season may be more of a introduction for Wimmer with the plan to develop him into a first teamer for the 2016/2017 season. He will surely be granted some opportunities this season but is not a fantasy option yet.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 4 - 3:12 PM

Clint Dempsey, playing despite being suspended in MLS, scored a penalty as the US routed Guatemala 4-0 in their last tune-up before the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The US has been scoring freely regardless of the opponent with an emphasis on late goals and the same was true again in this friendly. After scoring late goals to be Holland and Germany in friendlies the US turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 romp. It could have been more as Jozy Altidore missed an 18th minute penalty just before Carlos Castrillo scored an own goal to open the scoring for the USA. Slumping defender Timothy Chandler and San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski joined Dempsey on the score sheet. Next up for the US is Honduras at 9:30 PM Eastern in Frisco, TX on July 7 for their Gold Cup group stage opener.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 2:21 PM

Bournemouth have signed striker Joshua King to a three year deal after completing a transfer from Blackburn Rovers.

The 23-year-old Norwegian came up as a youth through Manchester United's system but found lackluster success with Blackburn during his time there, scoring eight goals in 74 appearances. It is a roll of the dice signing for Bournemouth, as they hope his pedigree decides to shine through in his new surroundings. Callum Wilson is the featured striker, so minutes are going to be hard to come by unless Wilson moves on. You can track all of Bournemouth's early summer signings along with all the other clubs in our "Early Summer Signings Roundup" column.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 4 - 12:56 PM

Stoke City signed 23-year-old Jakob Haugaard to a three year contract after the Danish keeper arrived via transfer from FC Midtjylland.

It is a true changing of the guard at the Brittania as veteran Thomas Sorensen, a legendary Danish shot-stopper, was released and is replaced by compatriot Haugaard. The #1 shirt is all Asmir Begovic's at the moment and Jack Butland is still on the books so it may be a while before we get a look at Haugaard in the first team.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 4 - 11:40 AM

Graham Dorrans has signed a two year contract with Norwich City, transferring from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Dorrans joined the Canaries on loan last winter and enjoyed success - playing regularly as he helped the club gain promotion in the second half of the season. He figures to be in the mix as a regular for the upcoming campaign as his top flight experience is as established as anyone on the roster.
Source: Herald
Jul 4 - 11:26 AM

Lukas Podolski has moved from Arsenal to Galatasaray on a permanent move for a reported €4 million fee.

Podolski never really found his niche at Arsenal and after three seasons on the books at the North London club, including an unsuccessful loan spell at Inter Milan, he has left for Galatasaray. With Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all presumably in front of him in the pecking order for minute, Podolski moved to find a place where he can start regularly. The move makes sense for all parties with the Turkish giants being light on international talent compared to their normal mode of operation.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 10:17 AM

Crystal Palace have suffered a further transfer setback with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson the latest to reject an approach…

Alan Pardew could be forgiven for thinking his summer would’ve gone a little more smoothly that it has thus far. Palace – and Chairman Parish – have money to spend and identified plenty of targets, but none are biting at the moment. So far Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR pair Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips have blanked offers, with PSG’s Johan Cabaye not yet gone beyond first base. And now Bournemouth front man Callum Wilson has joined in, stating he is not interested in a move. A swap deal involved Palace striker Dwight Gayle was floated, but this week shot out of the water by Wilson insisting he is going nowhere. Still, Palace can console themselves with having the PL’s most effective attacking centre-back already on the books. Scott Dann’s four assists (from 33 matches) last season was a division high. Perhaps they should start him up front…
Source: Rotoworld
Jul 4 - 9:36 AM

The midfield clear-out at Tottenham looks set to continue with Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli likely to join Premier League new boys Watford.

Capoue is said to be close to agreeing personal terms while negotiations with Stambouli aren’t as advanced but the Hornets are confident of making the Spurs duo their fifth and sixth new signing since promotion to the top flight. Having already seen Paulinho depart for $15 million to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande FC Pochettino looks to be clearing the decks ready for some fresh blood with Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches and Aaron Lennon all available for transfer. Spurs have been linked with a number of players throughout Europe including Mitrovic [Anderlecht] and former Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld while deals have already been concluded for Kevin Wimmer [Cologne] and Kieran Trippier [Burnley].
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 4 - 9:12 AM

Bojan Krkic has set his sights on being ready for the season opener when Stoke welcome Liverpool to the Britannia Stadium.

After a slow start to his BPL career Bojan was beginning to benefit from an extended run in the first team before a knee ligament injury curtailed his season on a cold Monday night away at Rochdale in the FA Cup. Scans subsequently confirmed that the Spanish striker had ruptured his ACL - an injury which typically takes around 9-12 months of rehab before returning to the highest level. However Bojan has always maintained he would be back ahead of schedule and true to his word the player joined the main group in pre-season training on Friday. Bojan will be monitored closely throughout July but the early signs indicate a remarkable recovery in double quick time.
Jul 4 - 8:37 AM

Steven Taylor is expected to be fit for the start of the new season as he steps up his rehab after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

The news provides a welcome boost for Newcastle who desperately lack defensive options while the club also confirm Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are back at the training ground although the pair will undertake their own tailored program as they continue to recover from knee surgery. With no new signings - despite being linked to players throughout Europe - concern amongst supporters is beginning to mount after their top flight status was only guaranteed with a win on the final day. A threadbare squad has lost the services of Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez [both released] while the future of Sammy Ameobi remains uncertain [out of contract].
Jul 3 - 5:59 PM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil remains hopeful that left-back Martin Olsson will be ready for the new season after undergoing surgery in May to remedy a persistent shoulder problem.

Olsson has established himself as a first team regular since moving from Blackburn Rovers for $4.5 million 2 years ago and started all but three in the league last season [suspended in August following a push on a referee] and was pivotal in helping the Canaries maintain one of the best defensive records in the division. Olsson also chipped in with a goal plus 5-assists to accompany his 13 clean sheets and the Sweden international could be worth some serious consideration for those looking for a bargain. Norwich entertain Crystal Palace at home in the opener and have a favourable set of fixtures to follow including the likes of Sunderland, Stoke and AFC Bournemouth.
Jul 3 - 4:32 PM

After weeks and weeks of speculation Chelsea and Monaco have finally agreed on a deal that will see the Colombian forward suit up for the Blues on loan for the 2015-16 season.

If ever there was a place that Falcao was going to be successful, it's Stamford Bridge. He'll have some time to recover properly with Diego Costa carrying a significant chunk of the burden up top at the start of the season. He'll be surrounded by familiar faces from Atletico Madrid (Costa, Filipe Luis, and Thibault Courtois) and Colombia (Juan Cuadrado). And he'll be playing on an excellent team that has no doubt about it's identity or how it wants to play. If he fails in this environment then he's likely done as a significant player on the world scene. If he plays well then he could see a return to prominence next season at Chelsea, Monaco or elsewhere.
Jul 3 - 2:13 PM




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