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Sinama seals Rovers loan move

Published: Tuesday 31 January 2006, 17.16CET
Transfer round-up: Florent Sinama-Pongolle has left Liverpool FC for a spell on loan, while Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has quit Arsenal FC for Russia.

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Published: Tuesday 31 January 2006, 17.16CET

Sinama seals Rovers loan move

Transfer round-up: Florent Sinama-Pongolle has left Liverpool FC for a spell on loan, while Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has quit Arsenal FC for Russia.
The man who scored the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League group stage on 13 September, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, has left Liverpool FC for a spell on loan with Blackburn Rovers FC. After signing the France Under-21 forward for the rest of the season, Blackburn manager Mark Hughes said: "We were keen to add to our striking options and we welcome the opportunity to bring Flo here." The English Premiership club have also landed Arsenal FC's David Bentley, 21, for an undisclosed fee, and another youngster, Martin Olsson, from Swedish outfit Hogaborgs BK.

Also leaving Highbury is Arsenal's Netherlands U21 striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie after he penned a three-year contract with the option of a further two years at FC Spartak Moskva. Born in Amsterdam, but of Ghanaian origin, the 19-year-old moved from AFC Ajax to Arsenal in 2002. "I am a young player and I need more practice at the highest level," Owusu-Abeyie told uefa.com. "That's why I chose Spartak."

Wales striker Robert Earnshaw has moved from West Bromwich Albion FC to Championship side Norwich City FC in a deal that could rise to €5.1m. That is the same amount that the Premiership outfit paid Cardiff City FC for the now 24-year-old's signature in September 2004, and he has since scored 14 goals in 34 league appearances at the Hawthorns. Bryan Robson has softened his loss by securing Uruguay centre-back Williams Martínez, 23, on loan from Defensor SC until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.

Staying in England, former Republic of Ireland midfielder Rory Delap has joined Premiership strugglers Sunderland AFC on a free transfer. He played 132 league games for Southampton FC over four seasons after arriving from Derby County FC.

French midfielder Olivier Sorlin has returned to Stade Rennais FC on a three-and-a-half year contract – just seven months after leaving the Brittany side to join AS Monaco FC. The 26-year-old was brought to the Principality by Didier Deschamps during last summer but after the former France international was replaced at the helm by Italian coach Francesco Guidolin, he was told he no longer featured in Monaco's plans.

R. Standard de Liège have held off competition from Belgian First Division title rivals Club Brugge KV to sign promising Brazilian striker Igor De Camargo on a three-and-a-half year deal. The 22-year-old, who has also had a spell at KRC Genk, joins from FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek for an undisclosed fee after nine goals in just 15 league games this season.

KAA Gent have signed 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Jean Beausejour and 19-year-old Cameroonian striker Ernest Webnje Nfor. Beausejour, who was once on the books at Servette FC, joins from Grêmio FBPA on a one-and-a-half year contract, while Webnje Nfor moves from Espérance-Sable de Batié until the end of the season.

Heart of Midlothian FC have fortified their challenge for the Scottish title by making four signings on transfer-deadline day. Bosnia and Herzegovina winger Mirsad Beslija has become the Edinburgh team's record signing after a €1.25m move from Belgium's KRC Genk while the capital club have also secured the services of striker Juho Makela from HJK Helsinki and Portuguese players José Gonçalves and Bruno Aguiar.

The 26-year-old Beslija, who has 25 international caps, has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract, while 22-year-old Makela has signed a similar deal, having scored 33 goals in 41 appearances for HJK in the 2005 campaign. Left-back José Gonçalves, 20, and Bruno Aguiar, 24, come to Hearts on loan from FBK Kaunas - the Lithuanian team owned by Hearts's main investor Vladimir Romanov - having latterly played for FC Thun and SL Benfica respectively.

Sandro has re-joined Vitória FC after cancelling his contract with Portuguese Liga leaders FC Porto. The midfield player has reportedly signed a four-and-a-half year deal with his former club after failing to break into Co Adriaanse's team since his arrival during the summer.

Staying in Portugal, UD Leiria have signed Hadson and veteran Hugo Costa. Brazilian winger Hadson, 24, arrives on loan from Ukrainian outfit SC Tavriya Simferopol until the end of the season when the club will have the option of making the deal permanent. Centre-back Hugo Costa has also joined on a short-term contract after joining as a free agent following his release by German 2. Bundesliga outfit SC Rot-Weiss Oberhausen at the end of last season.

Boavista FC striker Cafú is set to join German 2. Bundesliga outfit Sportfreunde Siegen, after he has cancelled his contract with the Portuguese Liga side according to the club website.

Elsewhere in Germany, DSC Arminia Bielefeld have signed Kamil Vacek from Czech outfit SK Sigma Olomouc while allowing Nebjosa Krupniković to join Japanese team JEF United on loan for the rest of the season. Czech U19 international Vacek will be on loan until June 2007 with a view to a permanent deal.

Last updated: 31/01/06 23.19CET

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