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Season Six is about to begin. K/O is the 21st July and there are still plenty of teams available, with stack loads of cash to spend. Top transfer gossip is that Jesus Navas has swapped sunny Spain for Darlington, Alberto Aquilani has transferred from the Stadio Olimpico to Upton Park in a deal including Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland has swapped Celtic for Preston. Preston have also signed Ronald Zubar from Marseille and Sebastian Giovinco from Juve.

Coventry City have acquired the signatures of Aaron Hunt, Edgar Castillo, Moussa Sissoko and Ismael Aissati. Newly promoted Gillingham have spent big with the signing of Freddie Eastwood for a club record fee of £4.4m. More to follow....

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Youre kidding me! :eek: :eek: Ive been managing PNE for 3 seasons knowing only my mates and Chelsea1992 were managing other clubs. Hope your Fulham do well. One of my mates managed them before you but I had them kicked cos they were cheating. Boruc' date=' Young, Friedrich and Tiago were bought by illegitimate means. Still, good luck and feel free to report anything about Fulham on this thread.[/quote']

ok will do tomoz ive gone for few players :D

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Palace Newsflash

New manager Toggs has been quick to accquire two ne wplayers at his first day at the club. They come in the form of Russian striker Pavel Pogrenybak who joined from Tom Tomsk for a fee of 0k but both Nicolas Anelka and Emerson Boyce moved in the opposite direction. The other signing was young Argentinian midfielder Fernando Gago who arrived from Boca for a fee of 8.7M plus Pardo and Ben Watson.

Toggs said there will be more too come in the form of signings. Expect news tommorow.

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Fulham Latest

Fulham Sign Samir Nasri, Heiko Westermann and Diego Laguno which adds up to 42.2mill and 6 players leaveing Fulham have also Gone for 3 more players... Fulham Boss Nick Justice Says the Signings Will not Stop there.....The 3 set to join are Galesek, Jarolim and Angel Lopez they are all p/e also Before the first Cup game Fulham will bring in about 10-20 youths....

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Preston North End kick off their second season in the top flight away to promoted-side Southampton. Manager James Burrow is refusing to give anything away, but he did hint that one of his summer signings could play some part and that one will start.

Team News

Brazilian left-back Heberson Ronny is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card in the last game of last season. New signing Ronald Zubar picked up a slight knock in training and won't be risked. David Wheater has surprisingly not been signed on a permanent basis after a superb season at Deepdale. One from Anton Ferdinand, Gary Cahill and Sean St. Ledger will partner Phil Jagielka in the centre of defence. Craig Gardner, who was subject to a bid from Ipswich, may start.

Southampton Team News

The Saints have Wayne Bridge, Martin Laursen and Barry Ferguson all out with injuries. New signing Alexander Frei may start, replacing Kenwyne Jones, who was subject to a bid from Port Vale. Fabian Ernst, Arjen Robben, and Kenneth Perez may all make their debuts, Perez having Premier League experience with Coventry City.

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North End off to winning start!

Southampton 2-4 Preston

Preston won their first match of the new season, thanks largely to Ishmael Miller, who's hat-trick helped them to a 4-2 victory over newly promoted Southampton.

Preston started with Gareth Bale, Ferdinand and debutant Stephen Ireland, in for suspended Heberson Ronny, Wheater who left the club, and Vonlanthen, who was relegated to the bench. Stephen Ireland made his debut and Michael Johnson took his place on the bench but never made it onto the pitch. The 32,000 crowd helped provide the atmosphere at St Mary's stadium. Giant flags being waved and chants being shouted throughout the ground.

Things didnt get off to the best of starts for the Lilywhites, Dutch fullback Erik Pieters scoring from Mathieu Valbuena's pin-point cross.

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The ground exploded with cheers from the home fans. It took Preston ten minutes to respond, Miller scoring the first of his three with a great right foot shot, shortly after Soton's Harry Kewell had missed an open goal! Chances were shared up until the 29th minute, Miller scoring his second after a great through ball from Mark Noble. The England U21 international was lucky though, the ball cannoning against the post and in. Harry Kewell wasted another golden opportunity soon after, but for the rest of the half, it was all North End, Miller and Ferdinand both with chances. A goal seemed inevitable, and it was! Debutant Stephen Ireland scoring from inside the 15 yard box, beating veteran Antonis Nikopolidis in the Saints goal.

Half time came, and the score was 3-1. No changes were made, and the second half began. It wasnt long before the crowd had something else to cheer about, but only the away fans. Ishmael Miller completing his trilogy of goals with possibly the best of the lot! A curling effort from just outside the box after an error from Saints defender Martin Skrtel. The Saints fans were in despair, with their heads in their hands. Southampton had a few chances after the goal, the best falling to Emanuel Adebayor.

Southampton made two changes on 60 minutes, Arjen Robben and Mathieu Valbuena being replaced by Aimo Diana and Angel Arizmendi. Ten minutes later, they scored, Kenneth Perez scoring on his debut, dribbling past Ferdinand and slotting his shot below Almunia. This proved to be the last goal of the game, although Preston did make a change on 75, Juliano Belletti, who had been booked earlier, replaced by Chris Gunter. The final whistle blew, and manager James Burrow was delighted, failing to contain his excitement. In the post match interview he said:

From BBC Sport

It was a superb victory over a tough Southampton side. In our last pre-season game, we were humiliated by fellow promoted side Darlington, and I warned the players that they mustn't get complacent because this side is new to the league...We must work on our discipline. Tonight we had 3 players booked (Bale, Bradley, Noble) and despite Ronny returning from suspension, we don't need any players getting unneccesary bookings. 'Ishy' Miller did fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more. The reason why I didn't disclose our team before the match was not psychological, I had the choice of seven strikers and could only pick one. But I couldn't have made a better choice, well, unless Steve-O (Stephen Fletcher) had scored 4!

This win puts the Lilywhites in uncharted territory, 2nd in the league, equal in every way to Charlton. Southampton are bottom thanks to their name beginning with an 'S' rather than the 'L' of Liverpool.

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Man of the Match

Ishmael Miller

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PNE reject bid for Mattock

Reports from Preston North End are that the Lilywhites have rejected a £4m offer from Notts County for 18 year old Joe Mattock. The left back is currently third in the pecking order behind Heberson Ronny and Gareth Bale, but manager James Burrow believed that Mattock still has more to give at the club, being the youngest member of the first team squad. He did re-iterate however, that Mattock is available for loan but will not be allowed to play in cup competitions.

Other Transfer Gossip

Golden-oldie Teddy Sheringham looks set to leave Cheltenham Town after a fee of just £10K was agreed between them and American side Kansas City Wizards.

Also, young Leyton Orient centre-back Robert Muller has completed his swith from The Orient to Ancona.

Gillingham sell Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu to Bezanija for £400K.

England international Joleon Lescott moves from Hull City to Pompey for club record fee of £15m.

Luis Fernandinho makes move from Shaktar Donetsk to Blackburn for £15m.

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Team News

Preston v Crystal Palace

Preston North End have a fully fit squad to choose from. The manager is expected to keep the same XI that beat Southampton 4-2 in the last match. Ishmael Miller, who scored a hat-trick in the last match will spearhead the attack with either Vonlanthen or Benayoun supporting. Chris Gunter, having come on as a substitute in the last match, may be rewarded with a starting berth replacing the disappointing Juliano Belletti.

Crystal Palace go into this match having lost 1-0 to Bolton in Matchday 1. Caretaker Manager Neil Warnock has a fully fit squad of players to choose from. All three of Crystal Palace's new signings made their unconvincing debuts. Palace will want to pull themselves out of the relegation zone but won't be too worried as the season is only 3 days old.

Here is an extract from the press conference with the North End gaffer.

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I may give another of my new signings a start or a place on the bench. Also, although we did win the last match, we did concede two goals. In another match, that could cost us the three points. Our defence may need a bit of a shake-up. Obviously, with a few new signings, it may take them time to settle, especially with them being young.

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North End Win Again To Go Top!

Preston North End consolidated on their opening day victory with a 2-0 victory at home over Crystal Palace.

Preston made two changes from their last victory against Southampton. Juliano Belletti was dropped in favour of Chris Gunter, and keeper Almunia was relegated to the bench to be replaced by young gun Joe Hart.

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The scorers in tonights match were familiar, they were the same two players who scored at St. Mary's last week, Ishmael Miller and Stephen Ireland.

21,371 fans packed into the Deepdale stadium, 41 short of capacity. The first five minutes of the match was a masterclass of excellent passing from Scottish international Barry Robson. A few minutes later, the crowd exploded into life! Ishmael Miller scoring his fourth goal in two games. The first half was almost totally dominated by Preston, the possession bar reading 70/30 in their favour. The only way that Crystal Palace could stop the oncoming wave upon wave of attacks was to pummel them to the ground. Fernando Gago and Michael Hughes both being carded for rough tackles. Chris Gunter got in on the act, getting a yellow for one-too-many rash tackles. Finally, a Palace chance! Russian Pavel Pogrebnyak - A North End target - with a delightful overhead kick which skimmed the bar of Hart's goal.

Half time and the fans, coach and players couldn't believe how the match was still 1-0. No changes were made so the second half kicked off. Five minutes into the half, and Palace fans had their heads in their hands, Mark Kennedy missed an open goal after Joe Hart could only parry Vicenzo Montella's thundering strike. On 57 minutes, PNE's new boy got his second goal of the campaign. Stephen Ireland headed in from Gunter's pin-point cross. During the after-math of the goal, things turned ugly. Michael Hughes, who thought he was pushed to the ground by Gunter in the build-up to the goal, got up and spat in the Welshman's face. Ref Masoud Moradi issued a second yellow and Hughes went for an early shower, kicking the advertising boards on the way off.

About ten minutes later, Anton Ferdinand found himself in space 30 yards out. He attempted a shot, and it just clipped the top of the bar. Stephen Ireland had the ball in the net on 69, but the goal was chalked off for offside. Fabio Aurelio was booked soon after for a two-footed lunge on Chris Gunter. Shortly after, Gunter was substituted and Juliano Belletti replaced him.

Ten minutes before the end, Mark Kennedy summed up a bad night for the Eagles with a high challenge on Stephen Ireland, resulting in Palace's third booking.

Full time, and PNE find themselves top of the league, ahead of Wigan and Chelsea. Palace are last, one of two clubs on zero points.

North End manager James Burrow had this to say to Sky Sports reporter Chris Kamara:

Sky Sports Another great victory tonight. I was worried that I had made too many changes with Gunter and Hart coming in, but these two minor tweaks resulted in a clean sheet. Ishmael Miller is now officially 'on fire' but one player I would like to give special praise to is Stephen Ireland. He scored another goal tonight. He came to the club knowing that he would have to fight for starts with Yossi (Benayoun) and Craig Gardner but on his current form, he's not gonna leave the starting XI.

On Gunter's early exit, he had this to say:

Chris felt a slight tweak in the back of his leg and we thought it wise to withdraw him seeing as the game was won. Our medical team have assessed him and given him the all-clear.

He also answered the question which was on the lips of the fans, were the rumours true that they were going to sign Manucho:

The rumours are not true about Manucho heading to Preston. We currently have enough forward players in the squad as it is. With Miller scoring as many as he is, we don't need any extra firepower.

Next up for North End, Coventry! Rivalries will be re-kindled between James Burrow and Sean Taylor.

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Man Of The Match....Again!!

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Darlington manager - Michael Flounders here, just checking in to show i am keeping up to date with all activities in this thread.

If i had the time and was as dedicated to report writing as James i would let you have some of Darlington's first season in the top flight.

Managed to drag them all the way from the fourth to the first division.

Keep up the good work on this thread guys/gals.

Darlington unbeaten in first two games.

Up the quakers.

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PNE accept Paulo Henrique bid!

Preston have accepted a bid for promising youngster Carneiro Paulo Henrique of £2.2m from Chilean side Union Espanola. The Brazilian didnt make a single appearance for the Lilywhites, who was bought for just £450k in Season 5.

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In other news, Chelsea forked out a club record fee of £29m for Carlos Tevez of Leicester. Also, Turkish international midfielder Mehmet Aurelio has made the switch from Fenerbahce to Wigan in a straight-swap for Carlos Amaral and Lee Carsley.

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Breaking News!!!

Paulo Henrique rejects contract offer!

Preston striker Carneiro Paulo Henrique has rejected a 4 year deal with Chilean side Union Espanola. The club issued a statement earlier today saying that the move should be completed by tomorrow, but the failure to seal the deal sees the Brazilian staying at Deepdale.

More Breaking News!!!

Japanese side Jubilo Iwata have agrred a deal of £2.2m with Paulo Henrique, and have agreed a 5 year contract worth £7,200 a week.

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Coventry hold Preston to thrilling draw at Deepdale

Preston North End continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw against Coventry City - a bogey team to the Lilywhites. Coventry manager Sean Taylor was invited to participate in the league back in Season 4, when both clubs were in Division 2. Since then, the Lilywhites have never beaten the Sky Blues.

The attendance was slightly down from the previous home game, and Preston named an unchanged side, with 4-goal Miller leading the attack. Gunter started after a knock in midweek against Crystal Palace. Coventry City played former Preston targets Moussa Sissoko and Ismael Aissati in a 5-3-2 formation, obviously used to silence the energetic Miller.

The game kicked off, and for the first ten minutes, no real chances were carved out, the ball being played across the park by Coventry wide-men Lee Bowyer and Kieran Richardson. On ten minutes, the first chance fell to PNE, Benayoun knocking his header just over the Coventry bar. In the 13th minute, the first of four yellows was dished out by Italian ref Gianluca Paparesta, Gareth Bale bringing down Bowyer just outside the box. The resulting free-kick wasted by Zhi Zheng. A long throw from Joe Hart set Barry Robson on his way. He weaved through the Coventry defence and unleashed a powerful shot at the goal. Keeper De Sanctis seemed to have it covered, but the ball squirmed out of his hands, the spin on the ball pulling it back into the post and out for a corner. Some good team play set up Marlon Harewood with a chance he should have scored, had it been for Joe Hart's athletism.

On 23 minutes, Aissati got on to a pin-point cross from Richardson, but his glancing header brushed the far post. In the 29th minute, Preston finally broke the deadlock. Stephen Ireland, having scored 2 in 2 before the match, scored his third goal in his third appearance in a PNE shirt, his effort chipped over the advancing keeper after leaving the Coventry defence for dead. Ten minutes later, Ishmael Miller came within inches of adding to his impressive goal tally. Just before the half-time whistle, Coventry looked to have caught a break, Marlon Harewood running onto a through ball from Sissoko, but the linesman raised his flag for offside.

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Half-time, and the PNE bench couldnt understand how the match was still so close. The Coventry staff and players were down, but not out. The players came back out of the tunnel. The expressions on the Coventry faces showed that they had had a stern telling-off from the gaffer.

Coventry kicked off the second half, and almost equalised but Joe Hart plucked the ball out of the air. Joe Hart threw the ball out to Anton Ferdinand, but the defender made a meal of his first touch, allowing Aissati to steam through. His cheeky chip beat the keeper, but it also beat the goal, the ball hitting the bar before nestling in the top of the net.

Seconds later at the other end, Mark Noble rounded the keeper and rolled the ball towards the goal, but defender Franck Jurietti reached out with his leg and slid the ball past the outside of the post, before rolling around in agony on the goal-line. He was stretchered off to the sound of applause from the Coventry fans. Ten minutes later, Ishmael Miller had another glorious chance to extend North End's lead, but he missed the target.

On 61 minutes, Mark Noble was cautioned for a bit of 'afters' with Freddy Adu. Four minutes later, Coventry equalised. Moussa Sissoko unleashing an early effort, which had Joe Hart stranded, and the ball sailed into the roof of the net. It was now North End who were deflated. The next ten minutes was all PNE. Miller, Bradley, even Bale unleashing efforts.

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Soon after, Coventry exhibited superb counter-attacking football, but Marlon Harewood fluffed his shot as he pulled the trigger. On 79 minutes, Ferdinand headed past the post from a Bale corner. The last 5 minutes got a bit fiery, with Valerio Bertotto and Benayoun been booked for unsportmanship and diving respectively.

The final whistle blew, and both managers shook hands and players swapped shirts. Preston fell to second after Chelsea won their game against Newcastle 1-0. Coventry dropped to eighth. Next for Preston, fourth placed Aston Villa. For Coventry, its Bolton Wanderers.

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Man Of The Match

Stephen Ireland

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Preston unveil Gokhan to media

Preston have completed the signing of Turkish star Gonul Gokhan from Fenerbahce for a fee of £2.9m plus faltering right-back Juliano Belletti. The young Turk is expected to make his debut in the second round of the English Cup due to the fine form of Chris Gunter.

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The majority of the transfer fee was raised from the sale of Carneiro Paulo Henrique to Jubilo Iwata.

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Team News

Aston Villa v Preston

Aston Villa currently have injury concerns over German full-back Phillip Lahm. He is expected to be out for another week so Alexis Brayan Angulo is expected to continue in the left-back berth. The team is expected to be unchanged after their weekend victory over fierce rivals and favourites for the title West Brom.

Preston have no injury concerns at present and no suspensions, but midfielder Mark Noble has already picked up two yellows and the manager may pull him off early to spare him getting suspended early in the campaign. After a dressing room spat between Stephen Fletcher and Ishmael Miller broke out after last Saturdays draw against Coventry, Fletcher has been fined and relegated from the subs bench. The cause was apparently over the fact that Fletcher was promised first-team football when he arrived, but is yet to make an appearance this season for the Lilywhites. He is expected to be farmed out on loan.

Heberson Ronny may make his first appearance of the season at left back, and after his move from Fenerbahce, Gonul Gokhan will take his place on the bench. Manager James Burrow said that if we have a large lead going into the final 15 minutes, I'll bring him on.

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High-scoring action as North End scrape a draw against the Villans

Preston were lucky to come away from Villa Park with a draw after Ishmael Miller equalised in the final five minutes to extend PNE's unbeaten start with a 3-3 draw against Aston Villa.

Preston made two changes from the team which drew with Coventry, Heberson Ronny replaced Gareth Bale at left-back and youngster Vonlanthen replacing Benayoun in the supporting role behind Miller. Villa named an unchanged line-up, with top scorer Julio Baptista starting.

There were no goals in the first half. In the first ten minutes, most of the chances fell to PNE, Bradley, Vonlanthan and Noble all going close. Villa responded with Dejan Stankovic and Daniele De Rossi, but keeper Hart was equal to their efforts.

On 19 minutes, Chris Gunter was booked for a late challenge on Ryan Giggs. Miller, Vonlanthen and Ireland all had chances, but they could not beat German international Timo Hildebrand in net. On 33 minutes, Preston's other full-back Ronny was booked for violent conduct.

The rest of the half was dominated by Aston Villa. Ryan giggs put a free header wide, and Baptista's audacious lob had Hart back-pedaling but the shot went over the bar.

Half time, and the North End boss was disappointed that his side hadn't taken advantages of their chances.

The teams came out, and Preston kicked off. As Vonlanthen passed out wide to Ireland, Ryan Giggs intercepted and went on a storming run towards the Preston goal. From about 25 yards out, he let fly, and the ball cannoned off the top of the bar. The goal was still shaking for minutes after .From Joe Hart's enormous kick, the ball fell to Johan Vonlanthan. His exquisite through ball found Ishmael Miller, who placed the ball past Hildebrand and into the bottom corner. The away section at Villa Park exploded into life.

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On 59 minutes, the North End fans were brought down to Earth with a BUMP!! Chris Gunter, captain for the night, was sent-off for a disgraceful tackle on Danny Van Buyten. The armband was passed onto Mark Noble and van Buyten was stretchered off. New signing Gokhan may make his debut a little sooner than expected. The game was held up for a good few minutes but when play eventually resumed, Giggs crossed the ball into the box, the PNE defence was all over the place, and Baptista took advantage of this to nod home his 4th of the season.

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The North End manager was livid on the touchline. Preston had had the lead for barely five minutes. He responded by bringing on young Michael Johnson to make his debut for Mark Noble, the armband was passed to Anton Ferdinand. Four minutes later, the Brazilian got his fifth of the season, and gave Aston Villa the lead, after rounding keeper Hart and slotting the ball home.

Ten minutes later, Preston equalised. Scottish midfielder Barry Robson netted his first of the season after the keeper saved his first effort. Preston were considering throwing on Gokhan to shore up the defence but by the time he had taken his tracksuit off, Aston Villa were back in the lead! Dejan Stankovic nodded in from a Giggs corner to notch his first of the season. The Preston manager had a few words with the fourth official. He wanted to get Gokhan on before the corner was taken. He was warned and told to sit back in the dugout.

With five minutes to go, Ishmael Miller equalised, prompting a roar from the crowd. That was his sixth of the season, which put him ahead of Julio Baptista.

At full time the manager continued his argument with ref German Arredondo, who despite the name is Mexican.

He spoke to our reporter after the game:

This was a very entertaining game for the fans. Two players scored braces tonight, but this game has been overshadowed by the sending off of Gunter. The first booking was ridiculous! He got the ball clearly. But, I refuse to have this issue dominate the match.

Miller proved again how good he is. 6 goals in 4 games is an impressive tally. He is officially the best forward in the country at the moment. Barry Robson scored his first, which is good. It's nice to see that if our forwards have an 'off' day, our midfield can still score goals.

He was also asked about the story of Stephen Fletcher that appeared in the papers today:

The rumours are true. Stephen Fletcher was involved in a dressing room altercation with Ishy. He was immediately disciplined and put on the transfer list. Before the match tonight, we recieved an offer from PSV which I would not like to go into detail about, but we have accepted the offer and we thought it necessary to remove Fletcher from the bench tonight to improve squad morale.

The gaffer may have tried to hide the deal from us, but reports came to us today saying that young Montenegran forward Stevan Jovetic had been seen entering the club today. We believe that this is part of the deal seeing Stephen Fletcher leave as Jovetic is a PSV player.

Preston next play Bolton Wanderers, but have not slipped down the table, thanks to Charlton drawing 1-1 with Man Utd. Aston Villa play Fulham, who recently lost their manager and lost to WBA 3-2.

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Preston sign Jovetic

Preston have completed the signing of Montegran forward Stevan Jovetic after the striker completed a medical late last night. The forward spent a brief speel at the JJB last season but failed to make an appearance. The fee was believed to be around £650k plus PNE bad-boy Stephen Fletcher. Jovetic signs a 5 year deal worth an estimated £21,000 per game.

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In other transfer news, as one player entered Deepdale, two left. As mentioned above, Stephen Fletcher left as part of the Jovetic deal and fellow forward Fouad Idabdelhay joined FC Nordsjalland for £2.3m and signed a 5 year deal with the club. Preston bought this player for a measly £10k in Season 5, along with Paulo Henrique, who was also sold. He made no appearances for the Lilywhites.

Zdenek Grygera made the switch from Ajax to Chelsea for £3.8m + Olivier Dacourt. He signed a % year deal worth £43k a game.

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After impressing at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, Romania international Razvan Rat joined Portsmouth form Shaktar Donetsk for £8m.

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Derby signed three players for an estimated fee of over £30m. Ricardo Carvalho, Jonathan De Guzman and Edu were signed from leicester, Feyenoord and Betis respectively. In these deals, Ivica Olic and Ariel Ibagaza moved to Feyenoord and Carlos Miniero and Fatih Serkan moved to Betis.

Brazilian full-back Rafinha joined Southampton for £5.3m plus Kenwyne Jones and Andreas Beck.

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Blackburn appoint Reid as Manager

Blackburn Rovers have appointed former Gillinghma manager André Reid as their new manager.

Reid took over the Gills in Season 5 and with a tiny budget, secured promotion to Division 3 with a week to spare.

The manager was delighted that his managerial achievements had been recognised and was looking forward to working with then new high-calibre players.

He announced that star players Andrei Arshavin, Kader Keita, Manuel Neuer, David Bentley and Owen Hargreaves are not for sale.

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