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Gyan stands out as best of the rest

Published: Wednesday 1 September 2010
Plenty of players moved between clubs not in UEFA competition with Sunderland AFC spending a club-record fee on Asamoah Gyan and Birmingham City FC signing Aleksandr Hleb.
Gyan stands out as best of the rest
Asamoah Gyan counts Udinese and Modena among his former clubs ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 1 September 2010

Gyan stands out as best of the rest

Plenty of players moved between clubs not in UEFA competition with Sunderland AFC spending a club-record fee on Asamoah Gyan and Birmingham City FC signing Aleksandr Hleb.

Plenty of transfers went through on deadline day involving those not participating in UEFA competition, with Sunderland AFC catching the eye for their big-money signing of Ghanaian international Asamoah Gyan. rounds up the main deals around the continent.

Sunderland parted with a club-record fee, reported to be in excess of €15.7m, to prise Gyan from Stade Rennais FC. The 24-year-old striker, who scored three goals in Ghana's run to the quarter-finals of this summer's FIFA World Cup, has penned a four-year contract with the Premier League outfit.

Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Zvjezdan Misimović and Emiliano Insúa, meanwhile, have joined Galatasaray AŞ. The former has left VfL Wolfsburg on a four-year contract, while Argentina full-back Insúa arrives on a season-long loan from Liverpool FC.

Markus Rosenberg, whose goal proved vital in helping SV Werder Bremen into the UEFA Champions League group stage at the expense of UC Sampdoria, has been loaned to Real Racing Club for the rest of the season. The 27-year-old striker extended his contract by 12 months, until summer 2012, before making the move to Spain.

Having ended last season at Tottenham Hotspur FC, AS Monaco FC's Eidur Gudjohnsen has returned to the Premier League on loan again, signing for Stoke City FC until the end of the campaign. The Potters have also brought in Jermaine Pennant until January from Real Zaragoza.

Celtic FC concluded a busy summer of activity with the capture of Anthony Stokes from Scottish Premier League rivals Hibernian FC. The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland striker is the club's 11th signing since the end of last season.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have completed the transfer of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Reading FC for what the English second-tier club have confirmed as a club-record fee reported to be as much as €8.9m, the Iceland midfielder signing a four-year contract. "Gylfi Sigurdsson may only be 20 years old, but he is an attack-minded midfielder already capable of scoring many goals," Hoffenheim general manager Ernst Tanner said. "We think he has a lot of potential to help our team."

Following the arrival of David Trezeguet on Monday, Spanish Liga newcomers Hercules CF have made their second high-profile signing in the space of 24 hours, bringing in Real Madrid CF midfielder Royston Drenthe on a season-long loan.

Birmingham City FC, who have made an unbeaten start to the Premier League season, have been busy. Belarus midfielder Aleksandr Hleb, 29, has joined on a one-year loan from FC Barcelona while 31-year-old Czech defender Martin Jiránek has arrived from FC Spartak Moskva and the club have agreed a €4.9m fee for Chile striker Jean Beausejour, 26, with Mexican outfit Club América. Striker Marcus Bent, 32, has left on a four-month temporary deal with local top-flight rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

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