OGC Nice have strengthened for next season by signing FK Austria Wien striker Roland Linz.
Linz, who scored 15 goals on loan at VfB Admira Wacker Mödling this term, has been loaned to Gernot Rohr's Nice side for one-season with the option for a permanent move. "I have been convinced by talking to the coach," the 22-year-old said. Nice chairman Maurice Cohen added: "This player has made a financial sacrifice to join us. He would have earned 50 per cent more by staying in Austria."
In Germany, VfL Bochum 1848 have tied defender Edu to the club for the next four years. The 23-year old Brazilian joined Bochum on loan from FC Santos last summer and made 13 appearances for the club as they earned a UEFA Cup berth. "Edu is an ambitious young player who can play a major role in the Bundesliga," said coach Peter Neururer.
FSV Mainz 05 have completed the signings of three players for their first ever season in the German top-flight. SC Rot-Weiss Essen striker Benjamin Weigelt, BV Borussia Dortmund's American forward Conor Casey and FC Erzgebirge Aue's Macedonian attacker Nicolce Noveskin have all signed three-year contracts after moving for undisclosed fees.
Partick Thistle FC have retained their Scottish Premier League status after first division champions Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC were denied promotion. The 12 current top-flight sides voted to veto Inverness's application as their 6,500-capacity Caledonian Stadium did not meet the league criteria and a plan to groundshare at Aberdeen FC's Pittodrie Stadium was supported only by seven clubs, one fewer than required. Inverness chairman Ken Mackie said: "We will be appealing." Last season Falkirk FC were denied promotion in similar circumstances.
Kenwright steps up
Bill Kenwright is the new chairman of English side Everton FC, taking over from Sir Philip Carter. Kenwright, who became vice chairman five years ago after taking over the club, said: "To say Sir Philip Carter is a hard act to follow is an understatement. Through hard times and good times, through thick and thin, he has been there for Everton for the best part of 30 years."
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