Cardiff smash transfer record on international striker
Newly promoted Cardiff City have completed their first signing since winning the Championship and moving up to the Premier League for the first time in their history. They have smashed their record transfer fee with the signing of Denmark international Andreas Cornelius in a deal believed to be worth £7.5 million.
The previous record was the £4 million signing of Michael Chopra from Sunderland in 2010 but in a signal of their intent to remain in England’s top flight they have splashed the cash on the international striker.
The 20-year-old scored 18 goals in 34 appearances last season for Danish side FC Copenhagen making him the top scorer in Superliga as the club won the league.
Cornelius had been attracting attention from all over Europe, with Manchester United and Arsenal apparently holding an interest in the player but has ended any speculation by signing a five-year deal at the Welsh club.
“This is a dream come true for me,” he told the club’s website.
“I’ve been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that’s taking place at Cardiff City,” he added.
There were opportunities for me this summer and I had to think about what was the right thing to do, the correct step for me to take in terms of my career. I’m very happy to be here and to be playing for this club in the Premier League.”
He passed his medical this morning (Monday) and will join up with his new team for preseason training straight away and will be hoping to impress in time for Cardiff’s opening game against away to West Ham United on the weekend of 17th August.
Southampton sign Vegard Forren
After all the changes going on at Southampton, a deal for Vegard Forren was rumoured to be in jeopardy with new Manager Mauricio Pochettino taking charge today.
This has proved to be untrue with the FC Molde defender penning a permanent contract at St Marys for a fee believed to be around £4 million on a three-and-a-half year contract.
The Norwegian International moves to the club on a long term contract and will wear squad number 15
He is the clubs first signing of the January Transfer Window, and Saints have done well to beat off rival competition for his signature from Premier League Rivals Everton, Reading and most notably Liverpool, where the player was set to join on trial earlier in the week.
Pochettino confirmed earlier : "I think the signing of Forren is being finalised. He's a centre half for the future. He had a lot of offers"
Forren "I'm really happy that it's official, and that the deal went through. We met with the new manager and the owner yesterday"
The signing of the centre half will provide stability and leadership to an area of the team which had been shipping in a lot of goals over the first half of the season.
Liverpool have given Molde defender Vegard Forren a trial at the club ahead of a proposed transfer to the Premier League side.
Forren has a lot of admirers in England, with most notably David Moyes, who has been courting the player for months. Interest has reportedly cooled in the central defender over recent weeks, and Everton look to have missed an opportunity with arch rivals Liverpool set to seal his signature.
The Norwegian International is highly rated in his home country and arrived in England today, ahead of starting a trial at Melwood Training Ground this week.
Reports of a medical being arranged are wide of the mark at this time, although if his trial is successful, he will move to Anfield, potentially before their forthcoming Premier League fixture versus Norwich City on Saturday.
The arrival of Forren could allow Uruguayan International defender Sebastien Coates to go out on loan to gain first team football, and will be Brendan Rodgers second signing of the January Transfer Window after Daniel Sturridge.
Europa League To Be Axed?
UEFA President Michel Platini has today revealed talks are taking place to discuss the biggest issues in European football. The main subject on the agenda is how to rejuvenate European club competitions with one idea being discussed the dissolution of the Europa League and to expand the Champions League to involve 64 teams instead. This would see England have seven representatives in Europe’s elite competition.
The idea is to have one competition that everyone strives to qualify for but many fear it would devalue the competition preferring the idea of the reintroduction of a Cup Winners Cup style tournament instead.
Platini said: “There is a debate to determine what form European competitions will have between 2015 and 2018, we will make a decision in 2014.”
The 57-year-old Frenchman moved to rubbish the on-going claims that Europe’s biggest clubs are planning on forming a breakaway competition too. “It is a question that is regularly brought up, I can’t see how it would work outside the UEFA framework.”
Also up for discussion is the introduction of video technology to football with Platini saying: “There is one complicated thing for which we might, and I say might, need video and that’s offside.” This is a decision that would offer as much controversy as it would a solution though, with many arguing it goes against the nature of the beautiful game.
What do you think of the proposed changes? Would you like to see more teams in the Champions League or do you have any other solutions that could help the profile of The Europa League?
Also are you for or against the idea of video technology?