English Premiership club Portsmouth FC have signed 26-year-old Colombia midfielder John Viafara for a reported €2.2m. The player still has to secure a work permit before officially completing the move from CD Once Caldas in his homeland. "I always thought that the best thing that could happen to me was to play in Europe," said Viafara.
Olympique de Marseille have released former France centre-back Philippe Christanval by mutual consent, two years before his contract was due to expire. The 26-year-old, capped six times by his country, did not play a minute last season. Elsewhere in Ligue 1, FC Istres anchorman Adel Chedli, 28, has agreed to sign for 1. FC Nürnberg on a two-year contract after impressing for Tunisia at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany.
FC Metalurh Donetsk have released Macedonian defender Igor Gjuzelov, 29, and Serbian striker Nenad Mladenovic, 28. The Ukrainian club, who will play in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, are still looking for a new coach following Vitaly Shevchenko's departure.
Bundesliga newcomers MSV Duisburg have signed Croatian centre-back Marino Biliškov from VfL Wolfsburg. The 29-year-old has been given a one-year deal.
Serbia and Montenegro striker Veljko Paunovic is returning to Spain on a free transfer to join Getafe CF, where he will have a three-year contract. The 27-year-old former RCD Mallorca star left for Germany in December, going to Hannover 96 on loan from Club Atlético de Madrid. Meanwhile, RCD Espanyol defender Toni Soldevilla is leaving for pastures new, the 26-year-old ending a ten-year stint at the Barcelona club. Also moving on is Real Betis Balompié's former Spanish international striker Alfonso Pérez, 32, after eight years with the Primera División club.
Champions FC Kairat Almaty are through to the 2005 Kazakh Cup semi-finals where they will play holders FC Taraz, while FC Zhenis Astana await FC Atyrau. Kairat won through by defeating FC Ordabasy Shymkent 3-0 on aggregate.
Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Iain Turner has signed a new four-year contract at Everton FC. Another English Premiership side, West Ham United FC, have handed Czech right-back Tomáš Repka, 31, a new two-year contract while allowing left-back Rufus Brevett to join Plymouth Argyle FC.
Meanwhile, Premiership newcomers Sunderland AFC have recruited midfielder Tommy Miller on a two-year deal from one of the teams they beat to promotion in 2004/05, Ipswich Town FC. The 26-year-old was out of contract after four seasons with Ipswich.
In Portugal, CF Estrela da Amadora have confirmed the signings of left-back Eusébio and defender Euripides Amoreirinha. Eusébio, 31, was out of contract at CS Marítimo while SL Benfica's Portuguese Under-21 international Amoreirinha, who has just completed a loan stint at GD Estoril-Praia, will play at Amadora for 12 months.
Promoted Greek side Larissa FC have captured 22-year-old Cypriot international Efstathios Aloneftis from AC Omonia for a club record €200,000 fee. Attacking midfielder Aloneftis has signed a two-year contract with Larissa despite rumoured interest from Olympiacos CFP and Panathinaikos FC.
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