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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

EPL signing news: Bournemouth, Newcastle transfer news as Liverpool recall goalkeeper AFPAAP

PART of Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plan at Anfield is to keep promising young players at the club rather than farm them out on loan, and the German confirmed on Monday that Liverpool had recalled goalkeeper Danny Ward from Aberdeen.

The 22-year-old has started 21 games for the Scottish Premiership side in all competitions this season, keeping 12 clean sheets.

“It was an easy decision. We watched his improvement at Aberdeen. It’s a moment when we have to make decisions,” Klopp said.

One player who is unlikely to be joining Liverpool is former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, who plays for Corinthians in his native Brazil.

The 26-year-old was widely linked with a move to Anfield in the media but Klopp put an end to the speculation.

“My private advice to you is don’t follow the Pato path any longer,” he added.

What’s this mean for Adam Bogdan and Simon Mignolet? Daniel Garb and David Weiner discuss the news on our TRANSFER TALK podcast.


Bournemouth has re-signed striker Lewis Grabban from fellow English Premier League side Norwich City for a reported fee of $US10.2 million ($A14.65 million).

The 27-year-old joined Norwich in June 2014 and went on to score 12 goals as the Canaries secured promotion from the second tier last season.

He returns to the south coast after netting just once in six Premier League appearances for Norwich this season.

Grabban becomes the Cherries’ third signing of the January transfer window after striker Benik Afobe joined from Wolves on a four-and-a-half year deal and forward Juan Iturbe arrived on loan from Roma for the rest of the season.

Bournemouth is currently 16th in the Premier League in its first year in the top flight.


Newcastle have signed Senegal midfielder Henri Saivet from French club Bordeaux, the Premier League strugglers confirmed on Monday.

Saivet has moved to St James’ Park for a reported fee of around £5 million ($7.2 million, 6.6 million euros).

The 25-year-old, who was Bordeaux’s captain, agreed a five-and-a-half-year contract and is Newcastle’s first signing of the January transfer window.

“I am very happy to be here at Newcastle. I am really proud to be able to play for this club, and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead,” Saivet told Newcastle’s website.

Henri SaivetSource: AFP

“St James’ Park is a really impressive and special stadium. In France, there is nothing that compares to this, and I can’t wait to get out there with my new team-mates and help the team climb the table.” Saivet joins a Newcastle team in the midst of a relegation battle, with Steve McClaren’s side 18th place in the Premier League having lost their last four games in all competitions 1-0.

“Henri is someone the club has been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux,” McClaren said.

“This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt.” Saivet came through the ranks at Bordeaux, making his senior debut at the age of 17 and going on to score 23 goals in 178 appearances.

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