Premiership newcomers Wigan Athletic FC have signed French defender Pascal Chimbonda on a three-year contract from SC Bastia. The 26-year-old can play at right-back or in the centre.
Belarus midfielder Alexandr Kulchy has signed for Russian Premier-Liga side FC Tom Tomsk until the end of the 2005 season after being released by FC Shinnik Yaroslavl. The 31-year-old has 51 caps for his country, with five goals.
The 27-year-old French midfielder Christian Negouai has been transferred from Manchester City FC to Belgian club R. Standard de Liège. He played only four matches for City in three-and-a-half years in English football, but also had a loan spell at Coventry City FC last season.
Portuguese Under-19 international winger Vasco Fernandes, 19, has left second division side SC Olhanense for a season on loan with FC Girondins de Bordeaux in France.
Meanwhile, Portuguese SuperLiga outfit A. Académica de Coimbra have signed Brazilian striker Geraldo Gélson. The 26-year-old has previously played for Sweden's Malmö FF and Russian club FC Shinnik Yaroslavl, in addition to SC Corinthians Paulista and Coritiba FC in his homeland. He has agreed a one-year deal with Académica with the option of another two years.
Málaga CF have brought back 25-year-old striker Pablo Couñago to Spanish football after four seasons in England with Ipswich Town FC. The former RC Celta de Vigo, RC Recreativo de Huelva and CD Numancia player has a two-year contract.
SBV Vitesse will be without Michael Jansen until next year at least. The 21-year-old Dutch youth international has been diagnosed with a heart defect and has undergone surgery to alleviate the problem. Further tests have shown that the player requires more treatment, meaning an enforced absence from the game.
Bundesliga side Hamburger SV will continue to loan striker Besart Berisha to Danish Superleague club Aalborg BK until summer 2006. The 19-year-old Albanian, a product of the Tennis Borussia Berlin academy, has spent the last six months with Aalborg.
Dutch team FC Twente have extended Swiss striker Blaise N'Kufo's contract until 2009. The 30-year-old's previous deal ran until 2007. "We are happy that Blaise wants to help improve this club," general manager Johan Plageman said of a player who has scored 30 Eredivisie goals since joining Twente from Hannover 96 two years ago.
Midfielder Steve Dugardein has left relegated French side SM Caen to return to Belgium's R. Excelsior Mouscron on a three-year contract. The 31-year-old had left hometown club Mouscron only last summer.
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