Watford  complete the signing of Will Hughes from Derby 

Watford have completed the signing of midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for £8m on a five-year deal.
The 22-year-old, currently in Poland with the Young Lions Hughes made his Derby debut as a 16-year-old in 2011, and went on to make 190 appearances for the Rams.
He is the first signing made by the Premier League club since Marco  Silva was appointed manager on 27 May.

Huddersfield sign striker Laurent Depoitre from Porto  for club-record fee

Huddersfield have completed the signing of  Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre from FC Porto for an undisclosed club-record fee.
The 28-year-old, who has played once for Belgium, joins on a two-year deal with an option for a further season.

Depoitre, who joined Porto from Belgian side Gent in 2016, is the club’s first signing since winning promotion to the Premier League last season.

Depoitre played 13 times for Porto in all competitions last season – including one appearance in the Champions League – scoring twice and providing one assist.

Manager David Wagner described Depoitre as “a proper striker”.

He added: “He scores goals and is a real worker too, so he will fit the ‘Terriers Identity’ very well.

“I am very happy that we have made Laurent our first signing of this summer window.”

During his time at Gent, with whom he won the Belgian league in 2015, he scored 30 goals in 90 matches and was part of the side that reached the Champions League last 16 in 2016.
They broke their previous transfer record last week when they agreed a £10m  deal with Manchester City to sign 26-year-old Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Liverpool may sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing as Arsenal plan to release nine

​Liverpool are expected to be given permission to speak to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Arsenal reportedly prepare to accept a cut-price fee for the midfielder.

The Gunners are reportedly under pressure to reduce their wage bill following a new Premier League ruling and are preparing to sanction the exits of Oxlade-Chamberlain and up to seven of his Arsenal teammates.

The rules say that a club’s wage bill should not be more than £7million more than it was in 2016-17, or £19million more than from the 2012-13 season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been offered a new deal by Arsenal, but the player is yet to agree terms as he weighs up reported offers from both Manchester City and Liverpool.

But The Independent claims Oxlade-Chamberlain’s refusal to sign will see Arsenal accept a bid of £25million for the player – and claim Anfield is his most likely destination.

Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player and the promise of more regular football at Anfield is likely to see the Reds win the race for a player, who spent long periods on Arsenal’s bench last season.


Olivier Giroud is another who could follow Oxlade-Chamberlain out the door – especially with the Gunners  hoping to sign Alexandre  Lacazette. Napoli are reportedly ready to join Marseille and West Ham in monitoring his situation.

Jack Wilshere is another who could leave after spending last season on loan at Bournemouth but his wages may prove a stumbling block to a permanent move.

Fringe players Calum Chambers, Wojciech Szczesny, Chuba Akpom, Kieran Gibbs, Lucas Perez and Carl Jenkinson are also expected to depart as Arsene Wenger fine tunes his squad and puts the emphasis on quality over quantity.

The Gunners remain hopeful of persuading Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals, while any approach from Barcelona for Hector Bellerin will also be rebuffed.

Southampton appoint Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as the new Southampton manager on a three-year deal.
The 45-year-old takes over the reins at St Mary’s from Claude Puel, who departed the club earlier this month.
Despite guiding Saints to eighth in the Premier League and the EFL Cup final in his first season, frustrations behind the scenes and in the stands led to Claude Puel’s sacking last week.

“I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week.

“I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other.

“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”

Pellegrino becomes Southampton’s second Argentinian manager, with Mauricio Pochettino previously at the helm.
The former Argentina international also served as head coach at Valencia, as well as managing Estudiantes and Independiente in his home country.

Liverpool complete Mohamed Salah signing from Roma

Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah on a five-year deal.

At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player.

Roma, though, said the deal was worth an initial €42 million (£36.9m), while incentives could add an additional €8 million (£7m).

Salah becomes Liverpool’s second signing of the summer, following Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke.

“I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy,” Salah told Liverpool’s website. “I will give 100 per cent and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.

“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100 percent to win something.

“Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”
Salah scored 15 goals last season as Roma finished second to Juventus in the league, and will wear No. 11, with Roberto Firmino agreeing to move to No. 9.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Salah has “the perfect mix of experience and potential”, adding: “This is a really exciting signing for us.

“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.

“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.” 

Goalkeeper Matz Sels join Anderlecht on loan ftom Newcastle United 

​Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels has completed a season-long loan move to Anderlecht.
The 25-year-old joined the Magpies for £5m from Gent last summer, but only played nine times in the league as they were promoted from the Championship.

Newcastle will have Tim Krul back for the start of pre-season, as well as Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and England U20 World Cup winner Freddie Woodman.

Watford agree £7M deal for Derby’s Will Hughes

​Watford have agreed a £7m deal with Derby for exciting young midfielder Will Hughes.

It is understood the fee is an initial £4.5m, rising to £7m for the 22-year-old, who is currently with the England U21 squad at the European Championships.

He made his debut under Nigel Clough aged 16.
Former Hornets midfielder Paolo Vernazza is Hughes’ agent and he is believed to have negotiated the deal.