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Peterborough United finally get their man as highly-rated striker James agrees move

Luke James has been a target for Posh all summer. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have completed the signing of highly-rated Hartlepool United striker Luke James for an undisclosed fee.

Posh have been chasing the talented 19-year-old all summer, and have finally managed to convince the League Two club to sell.

James has signed a four-year contract at London Road, and takes the number nine shirt left vacant by Britt Assombalonga who joined Nottingham Forest last month.

"I am delighted to get this bit of business done. I think everyone is aware that we have been interested in Luke for quite a while. We have had to be patient, but we have used our experience from other deals in this transfer.

I am grateful to my chairman and to Barry Fry for getting this deal over the line. We are delighted to get him. We felt we needed a number nine. He is a goal-scorer, he has a great attitude and he can't wait to get started."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager


Northampton Town land Cresswell from Fleetwood

Ryan Cresswell playing for Southend United. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have announced the signing of Fleetwood Town centre back Ryan Cresswell for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old was a former fans' favourite at Southend United where his strong performances earned him a place in the League Two Team of the Year in 2012/13.

Cresswell has agreed a three-year contract at Sixfields.

He's the second new arrival today, following the loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson.

“I am delighted to sign Ryan.

He is a quality defender at this level and a top, top character.

He is a winner, he has been involved with a lot of teams at the top of this league in his career and he is another player who can help take this club forward.

He is an excellent age and we have done some fantastic business today.”

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Norwich City capture Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel

Ignasi Mique in action for Leicester City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have signed Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel for an undisclosed fee.

The Spaniard had been in talks with the Canaries over the weekend, and has now agreed a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Carrow Road.

Miquel started his career at Barcelona before making the move to England at the age of 16.

He spent last season on loan at Leicester City, helping the Foxes gain promotion to the Premier League.

“It’s brilliant for me to come here and I want to try and get in the team as soon as I can to help Norwich get back to the Premier League.

I had to move on from Arsenal and Norwich have given me the chance to prove myself. The Championship is a tough league, but I know what it’s about and I enjoyed it last season.

I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

– Ignasi Miquel, Norwich City

Norwich City midfielder Surman seals Bournemouth move

Andrew Surman (centre) has returned to AFC Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman has joined AFC Bournemouth on a three-year deal.

The Cherries have targeted the 28-year-old following a productive spell on the south coast last season.

Surman played a key role in Norwich's promotion campaign to the Premier League in 2010/11 but has found himself out of favour in recent years.

Bournemouth have paid an undisclosed fee to land their man.

Northampton Town bring in Leicester City midfielder Watson

Ryan Watson. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have completed the loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson.

The youngster has joined the League Two club until January.

Watson made his first team debut for the Foxes in last week's shock Capital One Cup defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

"Ryan is a player we have tracked since last Christmas.

I have seen him play at least half a dozen times and he has impressed me. He is an all round good midfield player. He gets about the park, he is strong in the tackle and he can pass the ball well. He wants to come and play senior football and that is a really refreshing attitude."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager


Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman on the verge of permanent Bournemouth switch

Andrew Surman (left) will return to AFC Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman will complete a move to Championship rivals AFC Bournemouth tonight, according to reports on the south coast.

Surman spent last season on loan with the Cherries, and it's believed that a fee in the region of £500,000 has now been agreed for the 28-year-old to complete a permanent switch.

The former Wolves man started Norwich's first game of the campaign against his former club, but has since dropped the pecking order.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Tunnicliffe linked with return

Ryan Tunnicliffe enjoyed a productive loan spell with Ipswich Town last season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are reportedly hoping to re-sign former loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe before the transfer deadline.

The former Manchester United man enjoyed a productive loan spell with Town last season, before he was sold to Fulham in the January transfer window.

However, the 21-year-old failed to make an impact at Craven Cottage and Fulham manager Felix Magath could allow him out on loan.

Ipswich would face competition from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers to land Tunnicliffe.

Northampton Town striker Nicholls heads to Exeter City on loan

Alex Nicholls in action for Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town striker Alex Nicholls has joined League Two strugglers Exeter City on a month's loan.

The 26-year-old has missed the last 22 months after suffering a horrific double leg break, and will hope to get first team football in Devon.

Nicholls signed a new contract with the Cobblers this summer.

"Alex has done wonderfully well to get back to where he is now.

The next stage for him is to be playing regular first team football and this move will give him the opportunity to do that.

Playing regularly will help him, we will monitor his progress closely and we wish him every success in the next few weeks."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
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