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Govou agrees new Lyon deal

Published: Tuesday 29 August 2006, 17.36CET
News round-up: France striker Sidney Govou is staying put at Olympique Lyonnais until 2008, but Poland international Tomasz Frankowski is on the move. features

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Published: Tuesday 29 August 2006, 17.36CET

Govou agrees new Lyon deal

News round-up: France striker Sidney Govou is staying put at Olympique Lyonnais until 2008, but Poland international Tomasz Frankowski is on the move.
France striker Sidney Govou has agreed to extend his contract with Olympique Lyonnais until 2008, the French champions have announced. The 27-year-old started his professional career with Lyon in 1997. He has played 23 matches for France and was a member of their 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. Meanwhile, Lyon midfielder Benoit Pedretti is set to join AJ Auxerre on a three-year contract.

Following a disappointing start to the new season in Poland, MKS Odra Wodzislaw Slaski have released coach Waldemar Fornalik and replaced him with 64-year-old Marcin Bochynek, who has already coached the side in the past.

Spanish second division side CD Tenerife have signed Poland international Tomasz Frankowski from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on a one-year loan with an option of a permanent transfer. "The Spanish football style suits me more than the English one," said the 32-year-old striker, who spent the first part of last season at Elche CF.

Iran's defensive midfielder Andranik Teimourian has signed a two-year deal with Bolton Wanderers FC. The 23-year-old joins Bolton from Iranian team Abu Moslem and played in all three of his country's FIFA World Cup games this summer.

Reading FC have signed Hungary Under-21 international defender Peter Mate on a one-year loan from Debreceni VSC. The 21-year-old joins fellow newcomers Ulises de la Cruz and André Bikey at the Madejski stadium and is looking forward to making an impression, saying: "It is a very good opportunity for me. When I was young I dreamed of playing in the Premiership and now that dream has come true."

Falkirk FC have signed Republic of Ireland youth striker Anthony Stokes on loan from Arsenal FC until the end of the year. The 18-year-old Dubliner will link up with his new club after this week's UEFA European Championship Under-21 international against Belgium and could make his debut at Rangers FC on 9 September. "I am thrilled that I'm finally getting an opportunity to play first-team football at a high level," said Stokes.

Austrian Bundesliga strugglers SV Ried have lost striker Emin Sulimani to injury, with the 20-year-old succumbing to a damaged shoulder ligament which will keep him out for at least three weeks. Ried have one win from seven league games this season.

Sunday's Stockholm derby between Hammarby and Djurgården IF FF was abandoned ten minutes into the second half due to crowd disturbances. With the home team 3-0 down, items were thrown on to the pitch by Hammarby fans, who then invaded the playing area. After a 35-minute delay the match was called off.

Heart of Midlothian FC have handed a five-year contract to teenage striker Andrew Driver, who marked his Scottish Premier League debut on Saturday with a goal in Hearts's 4-1 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. The 18-year-old struck within four minutes of appearing as a substitute. Meanwhile, 30-year-old centre-forward Jim Hamilton has joined Dunfermline Athletic FC from Motherwell FC on a two-year deal.

RC Recreativo de Huelva have signed French goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait on a one-year contract from R. Charleroi SC. The promoted Spanish club have given the 29-year-old a deal covering the 2006/07 campaign with the possibility of 12 months more.

Argentinian midfielder Ariel Ibagaza has rejoined RCD Mallorca on a free transfer from Club Atlético de Madrid, with the 29-year-old agreeing a 12-month deal. Ibagaza spent five seasons with the Balearic club, making 142 appearances, before moving to Atlético in 2003. He was originally with CA Lanús in Argentina.

Former France striker Tony Vairelles has left K. Lierse SK after his contract with the Belgian club was cancelled by mutual consent. The 33-year-old made 13 appearances for Lierse last season, his first in Belgium after a distinguished Ligue 1 career with, among others, AS Nancy-Lorraine, RC Lens and Olympique Lyonnais.

Former Spanish international full-back Juan Velasco is joining Copa del Rey holders RCD Espanyol after leaving Club Atlético de Madrid as a free agent.

PSV Eindhoven chairman Rob Westerhof will stand down from his post on 1 October, to be replaced by club director Frits Schuitema on an interim basis. The 63-year-old Westerhof assumed the chairmanship in 2004 and has overseen two Dutch championship wins.

NAC Breda have signed midfielder Danny Mathijssen on loan from AZ Alkmaar with an option to buy. The 23-year-old joined AZ from Willem II last summer but was loaned to RKC Waalwijk after a solitary substitute appearance for his new club. AZ have also sold Morocco forward Adil Ramzi to Roda JC for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old had started only 12 Eredivisie games for Alkmaar before being farmed out to FC Utrecht last term.

FC Dinamo Moskva have signed former Romania Under-21 goalkeeper Sebastian Hutan on loan from FC Sheriff for the remainder of the 2006 campaign. The 22-year-old played for Moldovan title-holders Sheriff against FC Spartak Moskva in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round this summer, having had a loan spell back in Romania with SC Vaslui last season.

Former F.Y.R. Macedonia coach Guoko Hadjievski has taken charge of Bulgarian club PFC Vihren Sandanski, replacing Petar Zhekov. Hadjievski coached PFC CSKA Sofia in the early 1990s. His predecessor Zhekov will remain at Vihren as technical director. Meanwhile, Ivan Marinov has made way for Angel Slavkov at promoted PFC Rilski Sportist Samokov.

Romanian international midfielder Paul Codrea has joined AC Siena from Serie A rivals US Città di Palermo. The 25-year-old made 32 league appearances in two seasons in Palermo, having also represented Genoa 1893, AC Perugia and Torino Calcio in Italy.

Last updated: 30/08/06 10.51CET

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