x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

England football wrap: Crouch denies he is quitting England team

Heidar Helguson, the Iceland striker, signed a one-year deal for Queens Park Rangers, and Liverpool are negotiating with Roma to bring Brazilian goalkeeper Alexander Doni over.

Swansea City

Swansea have confirmed the signing of Danny Graham from Watford for a club-record fee. The Premier League new boys have splashed £3.5 million (Dh21.2m) on the 25-year-old striker, who is set to sign a four-year contract. Graham was the top scorer in the Championship last season with 24 goals and was a reported target for a host of top-flight sides.

Queens Park Rangers

Heidar Helguson, the Iceland striker, has signed a new one-year contract with Queens Park Rangers. The 33 year old scored 13 goals to help the west London club win promotion to the Premier League as champions of the Championship. Helguson told the club's official website: "My future lies here. You want to get things sorted out as early as possible and I've been able to do that, which feels good. I wasn't sure what was going to happen when I came back last season, but I spoke to [the manager] Neil [Warnock] and he wanted me to stay." Helguson has Premier League experience from spells with Bolton Wanderers, Watford and Fulham.


Liverpool are in talks with Roma to sign Alexander Doni, the Brazilian goalkeeper, according to the player's agent. Doni, 31, who is under contract with the Serie A club for a further season, has been linked with a move away from Italy this summer."I spoke to the club [Roma] yesterday and they confirmed they are holding talks with Liverpool to reach an agreement regarding the transfer of Doni," Doni's agent, Ovidio Colucci, told Press Association Sport."Once an agreement is reached between the two clubs, we will begin negotiating personal terms with Liverpool."

Tottenham Hotspur

Peter Crouch, the Tottenham and England striker, yesterday rejected reports stating he planned to quit international football after being consistently snubbed by Fabio Capello, the national manager. Crouch, 30, was reported to have called time on his England career after failing to even win a place on the bench for Saturday's 2-2 draw with Switzerland. However the Spurs forward, who has netted 22 goals in 42 games for England, said at an England sponsors event: "Do I want to carry on playing for England? Yeah, of course. I would never give up playing for my country at any stage. It's an honour."


Hamburg have signed Goekhan Toere, the Turkey Under 21 forward, from Chelsea. The 19-year-old striker is the third player from Chelsea to follow sporting director Frank Arnesen to the German club. Toere - who was born in Cologne, Germany - has signed a three-year deal with Hamburg for an undisclosed fee. The Bundesliga club had already announced the signings of Italy Under 19 midfielder Jacopo Sala and England youth team international Michael Mancienne from Chelsea.


Asamoah Gyan, the Sunderland forward, scored one goal and missed a penalty as Ghana went down 2-1 to South Korea in a friendly yesterday. Korea took the lead through Ji Dong-won, a reported transfer target for Sunderland. Gyan missed a chance to equalise when he put a penalty kick into the arms of Jung Sung-ryeong, but in the 65th minute Sulley Muntari, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland, released Gyan to score. However, Koo Ja-cheol struck the winner in stoppage time.