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Dempsey, Lloris Move to Tottenham Before English Soccer Deadline

August 31, 2012

Tottenham signed midfielder Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on the final day of the English soccer transfer period, while Premier League champion Manchester City brought in five new players.

Fulham added veteran striker Dimitar Berbatov and Queens Park Rangers made Marseille’s Stephane Mbia the 12th new signing of the summer before yesterday’s 11 p.m. U.K. time deadline.

Dempsey’s move to Tottenham from Fulham came after he was linked with Liverpool for most of the summer. Fulham accepted a bid from Aston Villa yesterday morning, but the U.S. national team player said he wanted to join Liverpool, Sky Sports News said.

Dempsey, whose 50 career Premier League goals are a record for an American, then signed with Spurs in the final hour of the transfer window after Fulham and Liverpool were unable reach an agreement.

The signing came after Spurs added French national team captain Lloris from Lyon. The 25-year-old is a two-time goalkeeper of the year in France’s Ligue 1 and has appeared 36 times for the French national team.

Spurs also sold Dutch national team midfielder Rafael van der Vaart to German club Hamburg, Giovani dos Santos to Spanish club Real Mallorca and sent Danny Rose to Sunderland on a season-long loan.

Manchester City completed its busy day by signing midfielder Javi Garcia from Benfica for 20 million euros ($25 million), plus a possible extra 3 million euros depending on performance targets. Benfica also will get 50 percent of any sell-on fee, according to a regulatory stock market filing from the Portuguese club.

Maicon, Mancini

Brazilian national team defender Maicon was among the new additions at Manchester City. The 31-year-old joins from Inter Milan, which he helped win the Champions League in 2010, and reunites with Roberto Mancini after working under the manager for two years with the Italian club.

City also signed striker Scott Sinclair from Swansea, Fiorentina defender Mataja Nastasic and free-agent goalkeeper Richard Wright. The Premier League champs also sold midfielder Nigel de Jong to AC Milan and sent Stefan Savid to Fiorentina in the Nastasic deal. It also moved striker Roque Santa Cruz to Malaga in Spain on a season-long loan.

Berbatov, 31, received a contract that runs until 2014 after joining Fulham from Manchester United. He scored 56 goals for Tottenham in 149 games and won two Premier League titles with United after his 30-million-pound ($48 million) move from Spurs in 1998, then fell down the pecking order after the club signed Robin van Persie last month. Fulham also added winger Kieran Richardson from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

New Face

Mbia became the latest new face at QPR, signing a two-year contract to join from French club Marseille. The Cameroon international can play either in defense or midfield. QPR also said midfielder Joey Barton has joined Marseille on a season- long loan in a separate move. Barton is serving a 12-match suspension from the English Football Association for violent conduct after getting a red card during a game at Manchester City on the final day of last season.

Midfielder Charlie Adam signed a four-year deal at Stoke after leaving Liverpool, and Swansea added winger Pablo Hernandez from Valencia for a club-record fee of 5.5 million pounds, the Welsh club said on its website. Juventus said on its website that it signed Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan, while the Gunners also sent forward Park Ju Young to Spanish club Celta Vigo on loan.

Everton completed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, and Southampton signed midfielder Gaston Ramirez from Bologna.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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