Bolton Wanderers FC captain Jay-Jay Okocha has signed a new three-year deal with the English Premiership club, subject to a new work permit.
The Nigerian international joined Bolton in 2002 and has been instrumental in both them avoiding relegation in his first season and this term reaching the League Cup final and finishing eighth in the Premiership. Manager Sam Allardyce said: "Securing Jay-Jay's services for the next three seasons firmly underlines this football club's desire to compete in the upper reaches of the Premiership."
Another African agreeing a three-year contract is KRC Genk's central defender Erik Matoukou. Having joined Genk in the winter break from K. Heusden-Zolder, the 20-year-old Cameroonian Olympic team player is now committed to the club until 2007.
Quartet leave Salzburg
SV Austria Salzburg have continued their summer clear-out by releasing four more players. Defensive duo Roman Szewczyk and Julio Cesar Suazo, Chilean striker Mario Salgado and midfield player Johannes Woldeab have all been released, following FIFA World Cup winner Thomas Hässler, Ewald Brenner and Selim Teber out of the club.
Nuno Capucho is to leave Rangers FC a year after joining from UEFA Cup winners FC Porto for €1m. The Scottish Premier League runners-up have terminated the contract of the Portuguese winger with a year to run, one of three players to receive a pay-off from the club along with Emerson and Christian Nerlinger. Rangers director of football business Martin Bain said: "We have reached an agreement with Capucho that he can now leave and find another club."
Den Ouden quits Djurgården
Geert den Ouden is leaving Swedish champions Djurgårdens IF. The Dutch forward impressed in the latter half of last season after joining from RBC Roosendaal, quickly tallying ten goals as he helped the club retain the Swedish title. However, he has found life harder under new coach Zoran Lukic and has announced he is leaving the club after being substituted at half-time yesterday against IFK Göteborg. "I expect everyone to work as hard as they can," Lukic said. Den Ouden doesn't do that and quite frankly he doesn't fit into our way of playing football."
Den Ouden responded: "I cannot communicate with Zoran as he does not want to listen, so what's the use in being here? The pre-season was tough. It is hard to wake up and not want to go to your job." Club director Ove Lindqvist said: "We will continue to talk to den Ouden next week, but we can confirm that he will leave us in the immediate future. We are looking for a new striker".
PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar will play on loan at relegated FC Zwolle in 2004/05. The 23-year-old custodian is under contract at PSV until the summer of 2007, but spent this season at FC Twente, who have decided not to exercise an option to keep him for another year. At Zwolle he will compete with former NEC Nijmegen goalkeeper Theo Brack to become the long-term successor of Johan van der Werff, who is joining FC Dordrecht.
Another Eredivisie club, RKC Waalwijk, have signed 28-year-old defender Tieme Klompe. The centre-back joins from SC Heerenveen on a free transfer and has agreed a one-year deal with a two-season option for extension after passing a medical. The former Dutch youth international made his debut at Heerenveen in the 1996/97 season, but sat out this campaign with a groin injury.
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