Saturday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Van Persie to Fenerbahce complete, Stoke making moves


Robin van Persie’s move to Turkish side Fenerbahce is complete according to the club’s chairman.

Aziz Yildrim was quoted in Turkish newspaper Hurriyet saying “We worked very hard, until midnight. We received five faxes, sent six faxes and finally it was finished. The Van Persie transfer is done and one more star has joined the Fenerbahce constellation.”

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Van Persie is set for a medical in Istanbul on Monday, where he would join former United teammate Nani, who signed for Fenerbahce earlier this month.

Mark Hughes continues to strengthen Stoke City, with the Potters set to sign defender Glen Johnson. Johnson’s contract with Liverpool expired at the end of last season, and Sky Sports is reporting he will move to the Britannia on a free transfer. The addition of Johnson fills Stoke’s needs for a right back, after Steven N’Zonzi left for Sevilla.

The Potters also grabbed Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder spent last season on loan at AC Milan, and will earn valuable Premier League experience at Stoke. With goalkeeper Asmir Begovic likely on his way to Chelsea to back-up Thibaut Courtois, the Potters have grabbed Shay Given as a replacement.

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Tim Howard could have some new competition at Everton, as reports in Colombia claim the Toffees have expressed interest in goalkeeper David Ospina. Ospina has lost his starting role at Arsenal with the arrival of Petr Cech, but with Howard the first-choice keeper for Everton over the past nine seasons, would Ospina leave London without a guarantee to be a starter?

West Ham officially unveiled new signing Angelo Ogbonna after the center-back passed a medical in London. The 27-year-old won the Serie A title with Juventus last season, and attracted interest from Southampton and Everton as well. It is reported that Saints offered $15.5 million for Ogbonna, but Juve stuck to their word with Slaven Bilic to sell the defender to the Hammers for $13 million.