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Luton Town striker Andre Gray seals Brentford move

Andre Gray has signed for Brentford.
Andre Gray has signed for Brentford. Credit: PA

Brentford have signed Luton Town striker Andre Gray for an undisclosed fee.

Speculation had been building that a deal was imminent, and the 23-year-old has now signed a three-year deal with The Championship newcomers.

Gray scored 30 goals for the Hatters last season as they secured the Conference title.

"We are naturally disappointed to lose Andre but it goes without saying that we wish him well at Brentford," Luton manager John Still told the club's official website.

"With only a year left on his contract, it was either a case of him extending with us or him moving on. It is a great move for him and I am confident that he will go on and enjoy huge success at Griffin Park."

Norwich City agree deal to sign Palermo hitman Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty in action for Northern Ireland.
Kyle Lafferty in action for Northern Ireland. Credit: PA

Norwich City are set to sign Palermo striker Kyle Lafferty for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old will officially join on July 1.

Ex Rangers man Lafferty has agreed a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

The Northern Ireland international scored 11 goals for Palermo last season as they gained promotion to Serie A, and joins Lewis Grabban as a new recruit at Carrow Road.

"Norwich is a team that wants to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first opportunity, so I’m excited to come here and start playing football for a team like this,” he told the club's official website.

“I’ve played in the Championship before and I’ve played against Norwich, and things I noticed about the club were the fans and the football they played.

“Speaking to the gaffer, everything he said and everything he wants me to do, it’s good to have someone like that believing in me. I can’t wait to get started.”


Luton Town star Andre Gray set for Brentford switch

Andre Gray looks set to seal a switch to Brentford.
Andre Gray looks set to seal a switch to Brentford. Credit: PA

Luton Town striker Andre Gray could be about to seal a move to The Championship, with Brentford closing in on his signature.

The 23-year-old fired the Hatters to promotion from The Conference last season, netting 30 goals and finishing as the league's top-scorer.

Gray was also a target for Blackpool, but newly-promoted Brentford appear to have jumped to the front of the queue.

Andy Drury left Luton Town to Join Ipswich in 2011.
Andy Drury left Luton Town to Join Ipswich in 2011. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Crawley Town have rejected a second offer from Luton for midfielder Andy Drury.

The Hatters are keen to bring the 30-year-old back to Kenilworth Road, but Crawley still see him as part of their plans.

“Their second offer was not much better than the first so we turned it down," Crawley manager John Gregory told The Argus.

"They both fell well short of our valuation of Andy and to be honest even if it was a penny less than the release clause then we wouldn’t have accepted as I don’t want him to go.

“I’m planning to build my team around Andy this season so unless they offer the amount that is in his contract and take it out of our hands then he is going nowhere.”

Read more: Crawley block Drury approach

Stevenage complete double deal for experienced duo

Calvin Zola scores for Aberdeen last season.
Calvin Zola scores for Aberdeen last season. Credit: PA

Stevenage have completed the signings of Calvin Zola and Dean Wells.

Powerful striker Zola was a free agent after leaving Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

The 29-year-old has plenty of Football League experience having also played for the likes of Crewe Alexandra and Tranmere Rovers.

Meanwhile, Braintree Town defender Dean Wells has also joined Boro for a fee of around £25,000.

The centre-half was in big demand after helping the Essex side to the brink of the play-offs in The Conference last season, and Stevenage beat off competition from several League Two clubs to complete a deal.

Wells has signed a one-year contract, with the option for a further year.

"Dean is starting his Football League career late in life, but he continually impressed our Head of Recruitment and Graham Westley during last season and he has the enthusiasm, desire and determination to win that we seek in our players," chairman Phil Wallace said.

"He wants his chance. Graham (Westley) led the cause to secure Dean and made it possible by his refusal to let the deal fall through, so he deserves great credit for that."

McFadzean u-turn: Defender dismisses MK Dons interest as "utter rubbish", and hours later completes move

Kyle McFadzean (right) has agreed to join MK Dons.
Kyle McFadzean (right) has agreed to join MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean for an undisclosed fee.

The move comes just hours after McFadzean himself had dismissed talk of the Dons' interest as "utter rubbish".

Speculation was rife on social media yesterday that the 27-year-old was in talks with Karl Robinson's side.

However, in an interview with The Crawley Observer, McFadzean seemed adamant that a switch to Stadium:MK wasn't imminent.

"I’ve only just this second got back from holiday, I’m on my way back from the airport so I don’t know what they (people on social media) are on about," he said.

“I’ve not even spoken to my agent to be honest. It’s utter rubbish.”

McFadzean has now agreed a two-year deal with the Dons and becomes their third signing of the summer.

Read more: Dons complete McFadzean capture

MK Dons complete deal for Crawley Town star Kyle McFadzean

Kyle McFadzean celebrates scoring against Gillingham last season.
Kyle McFadzean celebrates scoring against Gillingham last season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed highly-rated defender Kyle McFadzean from League One rivals Crawley Town.

The 27-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Stadium:MK after joining for an undisclosed fee.

Towering centre-half McFadzean has attracted interest from several clubs in recent years, but the Dons have finally won the race for his signature.

He's the club's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Danny Green and Mark Randall.

“I can’t wait to get started. I’ve known (of MK Dons’ interest) for a couple of weeks and I’m delighted to finally get it sorted," he told the club's official website.

"The style of football the team plays will suit me. The manager has already told me what he wants from me here and it’s what I want to.

“I wanted a new challenge, and if you look around the place it’s a big challenge but one I’m looking forward to. I’m sure coming here will improve me as a player too.

“I just can’t wait to put the shirt on and kick a ball about in this wonderful ground.”


Girls learn to bend it like Beckham

The Girls Football Festival Credit: Norfolk FA

Stars from the Women's Super League football competition have been in Norfolk to try to encourage more girls to take up the sport.

Dozens of youngsters from across the county got the chance to be coached by professional players like Katie Holtham and Caitlin Friend from Notts County Ladies.

The girls took part in a range of activities from small sided games and even a referee workshop!

Football League fixtures: Norwich City face Ipswich Town trip in opening month of the season

New Norwich City boss Neil Adams will begin his reign against Wolves. Credit: PA

Norwich City will start life back in The Championship against newly-promoted Wolves.

They won't have to wait long to come up against bitter rivals Ipswich Town either, with a trip to Portman Road scheduled for August 23.

Ipswich begin their campaign against Fulham at home, while in League One Colchester United host Oldham Athletic on the opening day and Peterborough United visit Rochdale.

MK Dons entertain Gillingham.

League Two newcomers Luton Town and Cambridge United will face Carlisle United and Plymouth Argyle respectively, and Stevenage are at home to Hartlepool United.

Southend United will come up against Accrington Stanley, and Northampton Town play Mansfield Town.

Click here for the full list of Football League fixtures for clubs in the Anglia region

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