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.”