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  • Published at 09:28 pm August 9th, 2018

Find all the latest updates and rumours about football transfers

Everton sign Barca's Mina and Gomes plus Shakhtar's Bernard

Everton have agreed to sign Barcelona's Colombia centre back Yerry Mina for an initial 30.25 million euros ($34.97 million) and have also taken the club's midfielder Andre Gomes on loan, the Spanish champions said on Thursday.

Minutes before the English transfer deadline closed on Thursday, Everton also announced the signing of Brazil playmaker Bernard on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 23-year-old Mina, who was impressive in defence at this year's World Cup in Russia where he also scored three goals, will rejuvenate an ageing Everton back line while offering a threat from set-pieces at the other end of the pitch.

The fee could rise by 1.5 million euros and Barcelona have inserted a buy-back clause in the player's contract.

Everton's season-long loan deal for Portugal's Gomes will see them pay 2.25 million euros and the player's wages. The 25-year-old has played 29 times for his country.

Bernard, also 25, has signed a four-year deal with the Merseyside club after his contract at Shakhtar ran out in June.

Capped 14 times by his country, Bernard can play on either wing or as an attacking midfielder.

The Brazilian said new Everton boss Marco Silva convinced him to join the Toffees.

"The manager made me feel confident about playing here. He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs," he said in a statement.

"Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition, historically the fourth most successful club in England. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy."

West Ham complete shopping with Perez and Sanchez signings

West Ham United took their total of summer signings to nine as Spanish striker Lucas Perez and Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez joined Manuel Pellegrini's project on Thursday.

Perez joined from Arsenal on a three-year contract, and minutes before the transfer window closed the London club announced it had secured Sanchez from Italian side Fiorentina.

Former Manchester City boss Pellegrini's spending since replacing David Moyes has reached around 100 million pounds as the Chilean tries to turn West Ham into a side capable of challenging for Europe rather than battling to avoid relegation.

Financial details of the deals were not disclosed, but local media said West Ham had paid about 4 million pounds ($5.16 million) for former Deportivo la Coruna striker Perez who started only two Premier League games for Arsenal.

"I'm very happy to be here at such an historic club," he said in a statement https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/august/09-august/west-ham-united-sign-striker-lucas-perez-arsenal on West Ham's website.

"I'm very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League and I'm very happy to be part of this new project."

With Andy Carroll set to miss West Ham's season opener at Liverpool on Sunday due to injury, West Ham director of football Mario Husillos said Perez's arrival would Pellegrini's options.

"His style is different from the other strikers we have available to us, and that gives the manager more options for our attacking play," Husillos said.

"Lucas also has experience of the Premier League with Arsenal, and is familiar with life here in London, which of course means that he will take less time to adapt and be ready."

Holding midfielder Sanchez, 32, has played 88 times for Colombia as has appeared in two World Cups.

He has previous experience in England with Aston Villa from 2014-16 and says he is looking forward to another chance having suffered relegation with Villa.

"I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League," he told the club's website.

"At Aston Villa, we started very well but sadly it didn't end well, but I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream.

"I decided to come here because, first, it is the Premier League, second, it's a beautiful club and the fans are always helping the club and, third, for me it's an amazing opportunity and an amazing project the club are leading, being ambitious and keen to achieve good things."

West Ham's signings this summer also include winger Brazilian Felipe Anderson from Lazio, Toulouse centre back Issa Diop, Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko and Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere. 

Atletico boost strike force by signing Kalinic from AC Milan

La Liga runners-up Atletico Madrid announced on Thursday they have signed Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan for an undisclosed fee, bolstering their already fearsome strikeforce of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa. "Our club has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Niko Kalinic," said a statement from Atletico.

"The Croatian, 30, has become a new Atletico player after signing a three-year contract. Kalinic is a powerful striker who is very good in the air and who has a wealth of experience in European football."

Kalinic struck six goals in 20 starts in Serie A last season and is likely to be Atletico's third choice striker behind Costa and Griezmann.

The move is likely to lead to French striker Kevin Gameiro searching for a new club, with the Spanish media reporting this week that Valencia and Borussia Dortmund have made bids to sign him.

Kalinic, who has also played in England, Ukraine and his native Croatia as well as for Italian side Fiorentina, has been capped 41 times for Croatia and was named in the squad for the 2018 World Cup.

The striker was sent home by coach Zlatko Dalic, however, who said he had refused to come on as a substitute in the team’s opening game against Nigeria, meaning he missed out on the side's run to a first ever World Cup final.

Brighton bag Montoya from Valencia on deadline day

Brighton and Hove Albion signed right back Martin Montoya from Spanish side Valencia on a four-year contract on Thursday, the Premier League club said https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/news/2018/august/seagulls-swoop-for-montoya.

Montoya, 27, a former Barcelona and Inter Milan defender, who made more than 50 appearances for Valencia over the past two seasons, is Brighton's 10th signing of a busy transfer window.

"Martin's pedigree is excellent, and I'm delighted we have been able to add a player of his standing to our squad. There is no doubt he will improve our options in the right back position," manager Chris Houghton said.

"He has a wealth of experience, at 27 years old he is a very good age, and I'm now looking forward to working with him." 

Defender Fernandez swaps Swansea for Newcastle

Newcastle United signed defender Federico Fernandez from Championship side Swansea City on Thursday, minutes before the transfer window closed in England.

Fernandez is Newcastle's seventh close season addition and has been given a two-year contract. He joined Swansea in 2014 and made more than 100 Premier League appearances for the Welsh club, who were relegated last season.

The Argentine played under Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez before joining Swansea, when the latter was in charge of Italian side Napoli.

"I know Federico well... and it was an easy decision to bring him here," Benitez told Newcastle's website https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/magpies-sign-defender-fern%C3%A1ndez. "He is experienced, a very good professional and he will add competition in defence."

Neither club disclosed the fee paid for the 29-year-old, but local media reported it to be in the region of 6 million pounds ($7.7 million).

"It was a long day but I'm really happy to be here," Fernandez said. "It's a new challenge in my life and I'm very excited to meet all the players and staff here."

Fulham swoop for Cameroon midfielder Anguissa

Fulham have broken their transfer record to sign Cameroonian defensive midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa from Olympique de Marseille, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 22-year-old, who British newspapers reported cost 22.3 million pounds ($28.6 million), agreed a five-year-deal with newly promoted Fulham subject to being granted a work permit.

“Andre’s tremendous data profile, his glowing scouting reports, and his sterling reputation confirm his world class talent," Fulham director of football operations Tony Khan told the club website.

“Throughout this summer, we’ve pursued elite players on whom we believed we could rely to deliver the quality required to challenge the great competition we’ll face in the Premier League, and thus, Andre has been one of our top targets."

Anguissa joined Marseille in 2015, helping them finish fourth in Ligue 1 last season and reach the Europa League final.

“I am delighted to have signed for Fulham today. This is a new chapter in my career and one I’m really looking forward to," Anguissa said.

“I hope to bring my qualities to this new project. I like a challenge and I will ensure that I give my very best to my team, the Club, and the supporters.”

Anguissa made his Cameroon debut in 2017 and has played 11 times for his country. 

Huddersfield sign Belgian winger Mbenza on loan

Huddersfield Town have signed Belgium Under-21 international winger Isaac Mbenza on loan from French Ligue 1 Montpellier, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 22-year-old winger joined the Yorkshire side on a season-long loan, with the club having the option to then make the move a permanent transfer at the end of the 2018-19 season.

The pacey Mbenza scored 10 goals in 26 starts and 17 substitute appearances for Montpellier last season.

"Isaac is a very exciting player and this is a great deal for Huddersfield Town for a player with such ability and potential. You do not play for Belgium at Under-21 level unless you have some outstanding attributes," Huddersfield manager David Wagner said.

Huddersfield's German central defender Michael Hefele has left the club to join Championship side Nottingham Forest. 

Leicester bolster defence with Soyuncu and Benkovic deals

Leicester City strengthened their defence with the signings of Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic before the transfer window shut on Thursday.

Soyuncu, who has been capped 15 times by Turkey, completed a move from Freiburg after signing a five-year deal.

British media reported Leicester paid around 19 million pounds ($24.4 million) for the 22-year-old, who played 30 times for Freiburg last season as they finished 15th in the Bundesliga.

Young Croatian Benkovic has moved from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal for a fee reported to be about 13 million pounds.

The 21-year-old arrives at the King Power Stadium on the back of an impressive 2017-18 campaign with Zagreb in which he made 30 appearances in all competitions and helped them clinch the Croatian league title.

"Filip is an exciting young player who has the potential to develop even more at Leicester," Leicester boss Claude Puel told the club website.

"He has made a big contribution to Dinamo Zagreb over the last three years and has also benefited from experiencing European football."

Soyuncu and Benkovic took Leicester's total of summer signings to seven along with Jonny Evans, James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Danny Ward and Rachid Ghezzal.

The defensive pair will link up with their new team mates ahead of Friday's league opener against Manchester United.

In a further boost to Leicester, England striker Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2022.

The 31-year-old joined the Foxes from Fleetwood Town in 2012 and has scored 88 goals for the club in all competitions, including 24 in their league title triumph in 2015-16.

Southampton sign striker Ings on loan

Southampton have signed striker Danny Ings on a season-long loan from Liverpool before a permanent move next year, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Ings played only 14 games in three years at Liverpool after suffering a number of injury problems.

“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us," Southampton manager Mark Hughes told the club website.

“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.

“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front."

Ings started his career with Bournemouth before joining Burnley in 2011 and he played one match for England in 2015.

"He didn't get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove," Hughes said.

Spanish goalkeeper Rico joins Fulham on loan from Sevilla

Fulham have signed Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico on a season-long loan deal from Sevilla, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 24-year-old academy graduate has made 170 appearances for Sevilla during his career, and has also been capped once by the national team.

Rico was an integral part of the Sevilla squad for four seasons and won the Europa League twice before losing his position as first choice keeper last season.

"Sergio joins a very talented cast of goalkeepers under contract at FFC, and he answers our mandate of making our squad the strongest and deepest it can be as we face top Premier League opposition," Fulham's director of football operations Tony Khan said in a statement.

Rico could feature in Slavisa Jokanovic's squad when they host Crystal Palace in their opening league match on Saturday.

Fulham also confirmed the signing of left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City on a four-year contract, with an option to extend by a further year.

The club announced the signing of 24-year-old forward Luciano Vietto from Spain's Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan after the transfer window closed.

Wolves sign Belgium midfielder Dendoncker from Anderlecht

Wolverhampton Wanderers' preparations for their Premier League return gathered momentum as they signed Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht on Thursday.

The 23-year-old has joined on a season-long loan, which the Wolves say will become permanent at the end of the season.

Having made his professional debut in 2013, Dendoncker has played 190 games for Anderlecht and helped the club win the domextic title last year.

Dendoncker made his Belgium debut in 2015 and featured against England in the group stage at the World Cup in Russia.

He becomes Wolves' sixth signing since they won promotion from the Championship in May, following Adama Traore, Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez.

Dendoncker could make his debut for Nuno Espirito Santo's side when they host Everton in their league opener on Saturday. 

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