City sign Sinclair, Maicon

2012-08-31 16:21

London - Manchester City completed a double swoop for Inter Milan defender Maicon and Swansea winger Scott Sinclair as the Premier League champions set the pace in the frantic final hours before the transfer window closes on Friday.

With only a few hours left to bring in new players before the window shuts until January, England's top-flight clubs are engaged in a frenzy of last-minute wheeling and dealing.

City boss Roberto Mancini has endured a frustrating time in the transfer market since the end of last season, but there has been a late flurry of activity at Eastlands and his 6 million move for Sinclair was followed by the surprise capture of right-back Maicon for 3 million, as well as the arrival of former Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright on a free transfer.

Mancini may not be satisfied with just those three deals and he has also been linked with bids for Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia and Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic.

To make room for his fresh recruits, Mancini sold Nigel de Jong to AC Milan, while Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz could be on the move to Malaga.

Fulham boss Martin Jol sealed a significant coup for his club as he signed Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United for 5 million.

Berbatov rejected interest from Juventus, Fiorentina and Tottenham to be reunited with Jol, who worked with the forward at Spurs.

"I'm delighted to have signed for Fulham and I look forward to playing under Martin Jol once again," Berbatov said.

"As soon as I was aware of Fulham's interest my decision to join was an easy one to make."

Jol also brought in former England left-back Kieran Richardson from Sunderland, who then landed Tottenham defender Danny Rose on loan as a replacement.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers continued his Anfield clear-out as Scotland international Charlie Adam was sold to Stoke for 4 million, while fellow midfielder Jay Spearing joined Bolton on a season-long loan.

Rodgers has been looking to bring in American forward Clint Dempsey from Fulham and that deal could still be on even though Aston Villa have had an offer accepted by the Cottagers.

"We're hopeful of adding to the squad. There are a number of players we're looking at," Rodgers said on Friday.

Across Merseyside, Everton are close to signing Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen after agreeing a fee for the Costa Rica defender.

Tottenham also look set for a busy day after Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart headed to Germany to re-sign for his former club Hamburg and Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos agreed a move to Real Mallorca.

That could prompt a significant spending spree from Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who is reported to be interested in Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho and Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was reported to be at the club's training ground to finalise his transfer.

Swansea, needing a replacement for Sinclair, are hoping to sign Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for 5.5million and the Spaniard is undergoing a medical at the Liberty Stadium.

Arsenal allowed South Korea striker Park Chu-young to go out on loan to Celta Vigo with a view to a permanent switch.

Nicklas Bendtner also looks to be heading out of the Emirates Stadium as the Denmark striker is reportedly undergoing a medical with Italian champions Juventus.

QPR boss Mark Hughes has already signed a host of new players since the end of last season, but he is still in the market for more and confirmed that Marseille defender Stephane Mbia is en route to London for a medical.

Mbia, 26, could join QPR as part of a swap for Joey Barton, who has been in the south of France for talks with Marseille this week.