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MK Dons bring in former England defender Upson

Matthew Upson has signed for MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed former England international Matthew Upson on a one-year deal.

The centre back was released by Premier League club Leicester City at the end of last season.

36-year-old Upson also played for Arsenal, Birmingham City, West Ham United and Stoke City in England's top flight.

Matthew Upson is happy to be at MK Dons. Credit: PA

“I’m very pleased to be here and I’m excited about the new challenge. This is a club that has grown in stature and I see it as an exciting place to be.

Me and the gaffer have been chatting a lot about the style of football the team play and it’s something I feel I’ll fit into well. The experience I bring with me is something I’d like to think can help too.”

– Matthew Upson, MK Dons


Reports: Northampton Town striker Toney undergoes medical at Newcastle United

Ivan Toney looks set to join Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney is reportedly undergoing a medical at Premier League side Newcastle United.

19-year-old Toney has attracted interest from the Magpies throughout the summer, and was left out of Northampton's recent friendly against Brackley Town due to speculation linking him with several clubs.

However, Newcastle appear to have now won the race for his signature.

Steve McClaren is expected to loan Toney out to another club next season in order to further his development.

Southend United skipper White agrees new deal

John White (centre) lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United captain John White has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 29-year-old has been a mainstay of the Shrimpers defence since moving from Essex rivals Colchester United two years ago.

White's new deal means he'll stay at Roots Hall until the summer of 2017.

“I’m really pleased to have agreed a new deal with the club.

It’s been great here since I came and the last two years have been successful with the play-off finish and then promotion at Wembley last season.

The fans have always been good to me, my family and I are settled in the area and I love playing and captaining the club.

Hopefully there can be more success over the next couple of years too!”

– John White, Southend United

Norwich City loan-signing Wisdom 'fit and ready to go'

Andre Wisdom has joined Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City's new loan signing Andrew Wisdom has said he's "fit and ready to go".

The 22-year-old defender has joined on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He's expected to feature in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Brentford.

He said: "I’ve had a nice welcome from all of the staff and seen a few of the players already so I’m looking forward to it.

"I spoke to the manager, and he’s told me what he wants from myself and the team collectively. It’s going to be good and I can't wait to get started.

"My Premier League debut was here [at Carrow Road] which was a memorable day for me. I remember it was a good atmosphere, and I'm the sure the fans will make it the same this season.

"I've maintained a high fitness level because I've been on tour with Liverpool, so I'm coming here fit and ready to go. I'm hoping to help the team by contributing on and off the pitch."


Norwich City sign Hull winger Robbie Brady

Hull City winger Robbie Brady has been signed by Norwich City. Credit: Norwich City Football Club

Norwich City have completed the signing of Hull City winger Robbie Brady for an undisclosed fee.

Brady has agreed a three-year deal at Carrow Road and becomes Alex Neil’s third recruit of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu.

The 23-year-old has played more than 40 times in the Premier League in the past two seasons and been capped 14 times by the Republic of Ireland.

“He’s dynamic, he’s got good energy to get up and down the pitch, and he’s got a fantastic left foot which makes him a real danger at set-pieces. He’s got a lot of things in his locker.

“It gives us good competition down the left side. He’s got good pedigree and he’s still young so he’s got his best days ahead of him, so we’re just really happy that we’ve managed to get it over the line.”

– Alex Neil, Norwich City Manager

'Great test' for Norwich City after defeat in anniversary friendly

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has described his club's defeat by West Ham as a 'great test' and said: “I think it shows the strength in depth that we do have. The lads held their own and I was pleased for them.”

West Ham won the pre-season friendly by 1-0 in a match that marked the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Carrow Road ground. The two clubs met in 1935.

“It was always going to be tough when they made nine substitutions, particularly when that team is most of their regular starters from last season.

“It was a great test for our boys, particularly that last half an hour, to make sure they dig in and try and do as much as they can and be stretched and tested as much as they could be. That was good preparation for the league.”

– Alex Neil, Norwich City manager

Watch the post-match interview with Alex Neil by ITV News Anglia's sports correspondent Donovan Blake

Hall signs up for third spell with MK Dons

Rob Hall (right) celebrates scoring for MK Dons last season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have re-signed Bolton Wanderers winger Rob Hall on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old is no stranger to stadium:mk having spent time on loan with the Dons last season and in 2012.

Hall scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Leyton Orient in April.

“It was an easy decision.

I’m just happy that I’m back here and I can’t wait to get going with the lads again.

Coming here last year and being given the freedom to go out and play my football, revived my whole season. I got on really well with the gaffer and the staff and the lads were great too.

This was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down – at home, playing for a great club like MK Dons.”

– Matt Hall, MK Dons

Norwich City set to seal Wisdom loan switch

Andre Wisdom in action for West Brom last season. Credit: PA

Norwich City are set to sign Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on a season-long loan.

It's understood that the two clubs have agreed a loan fee of £1.25 million for the 22-year-old to spend the upcoming campaign at Carrow Road.

Wisdom agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool in May.

He spent last season on loan at West Brom, but fell out of favour when new manager Tony Pulis arrived in January.

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