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LONDON – Yossi Benayoun joined Arsenal on Wednesday night, leaving Chelsea after
The 31-year-old midfielder, who left the Israel squad
preparing for Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Greece to sort out his future
in England, had seen just one minute of action for Chelsea this season and was
restricted to 10 appearances for the club in 2010/11 due to an Achilles injury,
which kept him out for six months.
Benayoun was never really in the plans
of new Blues boss Andre Villas- Boas and just hours before the end of the summer
transfer window he found a new home at Arsenal following a conversation with
manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal, with one point from its opening three
games and reeling from its 8-2 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday, also
agreed to terms with Werder Bremen’s GerPer Mertesacker and Brazilian defender
Andre Santos from Fenerbahce.
Wenger, widely criticised by his club’s
fans for not investing in the team following the recent departures of defender
Gael Clichy, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and forward Samir Nasri, also signed South
Korea captain Park Chu-young from Monaco on Tuesday.
lost its opening two games to Manchester United 3-0 and Manchester City 5-1,
appeared to have resisted Chelsea’s latest efforts to prise Croatian Luka Modric
from White Hart Lane despite a reported offer of 35 million pounds ($56.99
million) plus striker Florent Malouda.
“He is staying here one million
per cent,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News, but there was
plenty of other movement at the club.
Spurs finalized England midfielder
Scott Parker’s move from West Ham United, with former England winger David
Bentley going in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.
captain Wilson Palacios and England striker Peter Crouch were also close to
leaving Spurs and signing for Stoke City, while Spurs’ Scotland defender Alan
Hutton and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas were linked with moves to Aston
Another former England midfielder, Joe Cole, who had been linked
to a move to Villa, instead signed for Lille on loan for the rest of the
Cole, one of the brightest and most gifted midfielders of recent
years, made only 11 starts for Liverpool after moving there from Chelsea in July
2010 and has not played in any of the Reds’ early matches this
Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen also left Liverpool, joining
French club Evian on a one-year deal.
Like Cole, he joined the Reds last
year, but made only 12 appearances for the club.
While they were leaving
Anfield, Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates joined from Montevideo club Nacional
on a long-term deal to become the club’s sixth signing of the
Promoted Queens Park Rangers, who have already signed 10 players
during the transfer window, could have increased that number late
After securing the signing of Newcastle’s Joey Barton last
week, QPR was linked with moves for Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong, Manchester
City’s Shaun Wright-Phillips and Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand.
intriguing deal finalized was former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves,
released by Manchester United at the end of last season after an injury-blighted
career at Old Trafford, moving to Manchester City.
City confirmed on its
website (www.mcfc.co.uk) that he had signed a one-year deal and would train with
his new teammates on Thursday.