World In Motion has negotiated and confirmed an endorsement deal between Chelsea and Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko and Red Bull (Indonesia). World In Motion acted on behalf of Red Bull to secure the services of one of the world’s greatest players. Andriy will, as part of this deal, be filming a TV commercial for Red Bull’s sponsorship of the English Premier League in Indonesia as well as visiting Indonesia itself on a 3 day visit during Summer 2007.
Hours before today’s transfer deadline closed, Harry Redknapp had made his tenth and possibly most important signing of the summer by landing Croatian international midfielder Niko Kranjcar. Having rejected an offer earlier this week from French side Rennes, Niko heads for Fratton Park in a deal worth £3.5 million to his present team Hajduk Split. Niko, who has 24 caps for his country, came to prominence at the age of 16 scoring a goal on his debut for Dinamo Zagreb. A year later he became the club’s youngest ever captain. In 2005 he made his debut for the national side and has scored 3 international goals to date.
England International goalkeeper, Robert Green has today joined West Ham United from Norwich City in a four-year deal, which could cost the Hammers up to £2 million. The 26-year old star made more than 250 appearances for the Canaries and put pen to paper this morning in a deal to keep him at Upton Park until 2010. He was an influential figure as Norwich won promotion to the Premiership in 2004, and was rewarded for his performances in the top flight with a call-up to the full England squad, appearing as a substitute against Colombia in the United States in June 2005. Since then, he has remained a regular member of the full England squad and was set to travel to the World Cup finals in Germany this summer as a possible number two behind Paul Robinson. However, Robert suffered a ruptured groin minutes after appearing in a B international against Belarus at the end of May ruling him out of the tournament.
Manchester United have agreed a £2.5 million deal with West Bromwich Albion to bring highly-rated Polish international goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak to Old Trafford. Tomasz has been sought after by a number of Premiership club after an impressive first full season at the Hawthorns where he made 35 appearances.
The 24-year old initially joins on a season-long loan ahead of an agreed permanent transfer next year.
Emmerson Boyce today joined Premiership Wigan Athletic from Crystal Palace in a four-year deal costing the Lancashire club £1.25 million. The 26-year old defender, who was voted Player of the Season last year at Selhurst Park, was wanted by a number of Premiership clubs and becomes Paul Jewell’s 6th signing of the summer. Manager Paul Jewell said: “He’s the kind of player who loves to defend and the fans here will take to him straight away because he’s totally committed. He’s very quick, strong in the tackle and has proved himself already at this level.”
England defender Luke Young has signed a new four-year extension to his contract with Charlton Athletic FC keeping him at the club until 2010. The 27-year old Addicks club captain, who joined from Spurs five years ago at a cost of £3 million said: “After listening to what the Manager has had to say and the direction he wants to take the club, it feels like a place where you want to work.
To be honest the Manager has played a massive part in it all. He has big ambitions for the club and he wants things done properly. It’s great from a personal point of view because I feel I’ve been quite consistent for the club over the past three seasons and there is a real sense of togetherness here that I want to be a part of.”
Striker Jonatan Johansson has signed a two-year contract with Allsvenskan side Malmo after leaving English Premier League club Charlton Athletic on a free transfer. Johansson spent six years with Scottish club Rangers before moving to Charlton in 2003 for £3.75 million. The Finland international, who has 70 caps for his country, will link up with compatriot Jari Litmanen at the Malmo Stadion.
“After nine years in a foreign country, it feels great to have a new challenge,” said Johansson. “I would like to keep playing at a high level, and this feels right. I hope to help Malmo reach the success that the club aims for.”
In a deal brokered by World in Motion, the Ukranian Football Association’s plans to host Euro 2012 in association with the Polish Football Association got a major boost after Mittal Steel agreed to be lead sponsor for its bid. The company has already agreed a similar sponsorship deal with the Polish Football Association.
“We are the largest foreign investor in Ukraine and we think that our investment will bring significant benefits to the economy of the country,” media reports quote president and the chief financial director of Mittal Steel, Aditya Mittal.
Fulham have agreed a £2.5million deal to sign highly-rated midfielder Jimmy Bullard from Wigan Athletic from under the noses of a host of Premiership clubs. The 27-year-old has settled on a four-year deal with the Cottagers and will complete the move when the transfer window opens on May 8. Bullard has enjoyed an outstanding first campaign in the top flight during which time he broke the club record of 125 consecutive starts. Latics boss Paul Jewell did not want to lose him, but Fulham’s offer triggered a release clause in his contract.
Bullard joined the Latics from Peterborough United in January 2003 and went on to score 10 times in 145 league matches for the club, helping them to climb from the third tier to the top-flight of English football.