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Bournemouth confirm signing of Smith from Liverpool

Australia international Brad Smith has joined Bournemouth. Credit: Reuters

Bournemouth have completed the signing of full-back Brad Smith from Liverpool for a reported £6m fee.

The 22 year-old Australia international has penned a four-year deal with the Cherries after failing to impress Jurgen Klopp during his time at Anfield.

Smith made four Premier League appearances for the Reds last season and has only featured in 21 senior matches during his entire career.


Celtic complete signing of former Liverpool defender

Celtic have completed the signing of Kolo Toure in a move that reunites the defender with his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Toure, 35, joins Celtic on a one-year contract, the Scottish champions announced on Sunday.

Rodgers signed Toure for Liverpool in 2013, following the Ivory Coast player's previous spells at Manchester City and Arsenal.

After making him an early recruit in his Parkhead reign, Rodgers predicted Toure would thrive in Scotland and be a big asset to Celtic.

Rodgers said: "I brought Kolo into Liverpool to add that bit of experience and help to the centre-halves there at the time. You saw from his impact there and in particular last season, he was a very important player for Jurgen Klopp towards the end of last season, playing in the Europa League final.

"He was outstanding in the big games for me when I was there. He looks after himself, he's a wonderful professional and he has good experience."

Former Liverpool defender in Glasgow to join Celtic

Toure is in Glasgow ahead of a move to the Scottish champions. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has arrived in Glasgow ahead of an anticipated move to Celtic.

The 35-year-old was photographed outside Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow ahead of a medical on Saturday morning.

The Ivory Coast international could now sign for Celtic before they fly out to Kazakhstan on Monday for their Champions League qualifier against Astana.

The former Manchester City and Arsenal centre-back will be the second signing made by his one-time Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers since he took over as manager.

Two Celtic central defenders, Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata, are injured while Efe Ambrose was dropped for the second leg of their triumph over Lincoln Red Imps after his mistake cost the Scottish champions a losing goal in Gibraltar.

Celtic have until the eve of Wednesday's third qualifying round first leg to make one wildcard signing that could feature against Astana.

Liverpool confirm signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper

Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.

The 39-year-old former Arsenal keeper left Augsburg in the summer and Press Association Sport understands he has signed a one-year contract.

Manninger will provide back-up to Simon Mignolet and fellow new arrival Loris Karius, who arrived from German club Mainz.

Manninger, who was already out with the squad on their tour of the United States, told

Honestly, it was a surprise. After these years, in Italy and the last four years in Germany, I hadn't given up, I hadn't said 'That's it', I still waited for the phone call.

When Liverpool were on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.

I've still got something left, for sure, but obviously it's probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in goal.

– Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger

Liverpool striker Ings says the dark days are over

Danny Ings believes the dark days are now behind him as he looks to re-start his Liverpool career.

Ings is excited about playing under Klopp. Credit: PA

The 24-year-old striker had just scored three goals in five matches, including one in the Merseyside derby at Everton, to earn his first England cap when his season was cut short by a knee ligament injury in his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp in October.

He worked hard to make a quicker-than-expected return after surgery to play in Liverpool's final league match of the season at West Brom but, after just nine appearances since joining on a free transfer from Burnley last summer, Ings is keen to make up for lost time.

He wrote in a blog for from the club's tour of the United States:

In the pre-season games so far this summer, I feel I've looked as sharp as I've ever looked in the last couple [of matches]. I am a lot more confident now and have taken a couple of whacks on my knee, which is also good for me.

I feel like I am back to myself now, enjoying my football. I feel I've put the dark days behind me now.

There will be loads of hard work to do while we're on tour and when we're getting on that plane back to Liverpool next month I want to be in the best shape possible after it all.

– Liverpool striker Danny Ings


Liverpool in talks with Newcastle over Wijnaldum fee

Newcastle are yet to receive an acceptable bid for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum despite speculation he is close to joining Liverpool.

Newcastle do not want to sell Wijnaldum. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands that there has been contact between the two clubs and that a fee for the £25m-rated Dutchman has been discussed.

However, sources on Tyneside have indicated that the terms proposed to date do not meet the club's requirements and as such, no deal is in place.

The Magpies do not want to sell Wijnaldum, who joined them in a £14.5m switch from PSV Eindhoven last summer, and have no need to do so despite suffering relegation from the Premier League.

But there is also an acceptance that every player has his price, and that a disgruntled player could be more trouble than he is worth and should Liverpool come up with the right money on the right terms, they may well do business.

Wijnaldum, whose situation is also being monitored by Tottenham, was Newcastle's leading scorer last season with 11 goals, four of them in a 6-2 league demolition of Norwich, although his form was patchy and he was unable to help the club retain its top-flight status following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager.

Skrtel completes move from Liverpool to Fenerbahce

Martin Skrtel has signed for Fenerbahce from Liverpool after the Turkish Super Lig side announced the deal with a tweet welcoming the Slovakian defender.

Fener said the player would be presented to the media at 1200BST on Friday. No details over the length of contract were immediately announced, and it has been reported that the Istanbul club paid Liverpool £5m for the 31-year-old.

Skrtel joined the Reds from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008 and was voted the club's player of the season in 2011-12, when he scored in the League Cup final victory over Cardiff.

He started 21 of Liverpool's 38 Premier League matches in the 2015-16 season, suffering an injury against Watford in December which led to Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho forming a solid central defensive partnership in his absence.

Skrtel played every minute of Slovakia's Euro 2016 campaign, where the team reached the last 16 before being eliminated by Germany.

Liverpool defender passes medical at Fenerbahce

Martin Skrtel inched closer to leaving Liverpool for Fenerbahce on Wednesday after passing his medical ahead of a switch to the Turkish club.

Skrtel is on his way to Turkey. Credit: PA

The Slovakia captain, 31, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday evening to finalise a transfer that will see him depart Anfield after eight years on Merseyside for a fee understood to be £5million.

Fener posted images of Skrtel and fellow prospective new signing Ismail Koybasi being put through numerous medical tests on their official website on Wednesday and, with that hurdle now cleared for both men, all that is left is to conclude personal terms with the pair.

Although he made over 300 appearances for Liverpool, Skrtel fell down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp following a lengthy absence due to a hamstring injury and he is seen as surplus to requirements now Joel Matip has been recruited and Joe Gomez is fit again.

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