Steve Kean, the Blackburn manager, has described new signing David Goodwillie as a "great addition" and believes the Scotland international will offer something different to his squad. Goodwillie joined Blackburn on a four-year contract from Dundee United earlier this week for a fee believed to have been an initial £2 million (Dh11.97m). "He's an exciting young player and I think it was time for him to move from Scotland, he was Young Player of the Year up there, scoring 18 goals which is something we can certainly do with," Kean told the club's website.
Cesc Fabregas looks set for his first Arsenal pre-season appearance in today's final friendly against Benfica, but it remains to be seen whether the Spain midfielder will feature in the Champions League play-off against Udinese. Should Fabregas - who has, officially at least, been troubled by a hamstring problem - feature against Udinese, the first leg set for Emirates Stadium on August 16, then he would be ineligible to play in the competition for Barcelona should a move go through ahead of the transfer deadline.
City have signed the goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Poli Timisoara. The 24-year-old Romanian joins the club as cover for No 1 Joe Hart following the departure of Shay Given to Aston Villa. Pantilimon, who was signed for an undisclosed fee, is expected to overtake Stuart Taylor and Gunnar Nielsen - City's other keeping options - to act as Hart's deputy. Pantilimon made his senior international debut in 2008 and played against City twice in the Europa League last season, conceding three times.
Milan Jovanovic has left Liverpool to join Anderlecht after a single season at the Anfield club. The Reds confirmed yesterday that the out-of-favour forward had completed a deal to join the Belgian side. Jovanovic, now 30, joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Standard Liege last summer, but failed to establish himself. "Milan Jovanovic has today completed his move from Liverpool to Anderlecht," a statement on Liverpool's official Twitter page read.
Russell Martin hopes a strong showing for Norwich in the Premier League will help boost his Scotland ambitions. Martin was a consistent performer during Norwich's promotion run and the 25-year-old full-back made his senior international debut over the summer, but has not been included in the squad for next week's game with Denmark. "I was disappointed when the squad was announced not to be in it, but [Alan] Hutton has proved himself at that level and obviously [Steven] Whittaker has been playing for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully I will play some games down here and do all right and force my way back into it," Martin said in the Eastern Daily Press.
Mick McCarthy, the Wolves manager, is certain his decision to take the captain's armband from Karl Henry will not affect his attitude or form this season. McCarthy has made new recruit Roger Johnson the captain. The former Republic of Ireland coach said Henry's reaction to the decision has been professional. "He reacted as I'd expect him to do," the manager said. "He got on with it, and keeps on doing what he does. He cannot let it affect his performances and he won't."