Soccer / football transfers
Bamford joins Middlesbrough
Patrick Bamford has joined Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer from Chelsea. The 23-year-old striker has moved to Teeside for an undisclosed fee, thought to be €7m, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal. Bamford, who scored 19 goals on loan at Boro in 2014-15, was earlier this month recalled by Chelsea from a loan spell at Burnley, for whom he made six appearances. He did not make a first-team appearance for Chelsea.
United and Lyon agree Depay fee
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sell Memphis Depay to French side Lyon for a fee that could reach around €25m. The 22-year-old Netherlands forward joined United from PSV Eindhoven for a reported fee of 28.8m in June 2015, but a frustrating first season at Old Trafford was compounded by a disappointing second campaign. Depay has made just one start in all competitions under Jose Mourinho.
PSG send Ikone to Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Jonathan Ikone has joined fellow Ligue 1 club Montpellier on loan until the end of the season. Since signing his first professional contract last June, the 18-year-old midfielder has played seven games for PSG and was one of the best players in a League Cup quarterfinal win against Metz last month. Ikone won the under-17 European Championship with France in 2015.
Swansea City sign Olsson
Swansea City have completed the signing of defender Martin Olsson from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. Olsson, 28, relegated from the Premier League with the Canaries last season, has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal. Sweden international joined Norwich from Blackburn Rovers in 2013 and worked with Clement at Rovers in the 2011-12 season.
Swansea complete deal to sign Tom Carroll
Swansea have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll for around £4.5 million. Carroll completed a medical on Monday and he has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal at the club where he spent the 2014-15 season on loan. The 24-year-old has played just one minute of Premier League football for Tottenham this season, and he will become Paul Clement's second signing after winger Luciano Narsingh arrived from PSV Eindhoven last week.
Oniangue joins Bastia
Wolves midfielder Prince Oniangue has joined Bastia on loan until the end of the season. The Congo captain moved to Molineux from Reims last August for an undisclosed fee. But the 28-year-old has only made 11 first-team appearances and none since a 1-0 defeat at Brighton in mid-October when he was substituted at half-time.
Hamburg sign Papadopoulos on loan
Hamburg have signed defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos on a six-month loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Papadopoulos, 24, had joined Leipzig on loan in the summer but the agreement was cut short after he made just one 27-minute appearance for the title challengers in the first half of the season. The Greece international failed to force his way into coach Ralph Hassenhuttl's plans before having to undergo knee surgery in November, but he will now look to reignite his career with relegation-battling Hamburg.
Zaza completes Valencia loan move
Former West Ham loanee Simone Zaza has completed his loan move to Valencia. The Italian international striker has joined the Spanish giants until the end of the season with Valencia then having an option in place for the subsequent purchase of Zaza from Juventus. After 11 appearances in all competitions without a goal Zaza was frozen out at the London Stadium and did not feature under Slaven Bilic from November 27 onwards.
Bayern sign Sule and Rudy
Bayern have completed the signings of Niklas Sule, 21, and Sebastian Rudy, 26, from Hoffenheim. The two Germany internationals will join Bayern on 1 July 2017. Sebastian Rudy signed a three-year contract binding him to the club until 30 June 2020, whereas Sule put his name to a five-year contract until 30 June 2022.
Sidney Sam loaned to Darmstadt
Schalke 04 have loaned Sidney Sam to Darmstadt for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. The deal will run until 30th June 2017. Sam, who has a contract at Schalke until 2018, has made 109 Bundesliga appearances, 13 of which have come for Schalke. The 28-year-old's time as a Royal Blue has been plagued by injury after moving to Gelsenkirchen from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014.