Aaron Mooy has signed for Brighton and Hove Albion on a permanent deal after impressing while on loan from Huddersfield Town.
Mooy, 29, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Seagulls as the Australian international midfielder has become an integral part of Graham Potter‘s side who started the season well but have suffered a dip in form in recent months.
The former Melbourne City and Huddersfield star initially joined Brighton on loan in the summer but he move has now been made permanent and the reported transfer fee is in the region of $6.5 million. Pretty good business for a goalscoring midfielder with supreme quality from set piece situations.
Speaking about his permanent move to the Amex Stadium, Mooy revealed he is delighted to be at the club, totally feels at home and is enjoying the open, attacking style the Seagulls play.
“I feel like I’ve progressed, but of course you can always improve and do more,” Mooy said. “It’s about playing well consistently, but I am quite happy because you never know what can happen when you move clubs. You have a new manager, teammates and a new environment to adapt to, but it’s been really good. I like the way we play and it’s enjoyable to be a part of.”
Mooy has scored twice and added an assist and those contributions have all come in the last six weeks as he’s become extremely important to the way Brighton play. His eye for a pass, composure on the ball and ability to dictate the tempo of games from a wide left or central position has been key to Brighton hanging in games.
That said, they are just two points above the relegation zone so they will need plenty more goals like the one from Mooy below if they’re going to pull away from the drop zone in the weeks and months to come.
Jan Siewert was hired to replace David Wagner as Huddersfield Town manager on Jan. 21, with the Terriers bottom of the Premier League and quite clearly headed for an inevitable relegation.
Fast-forward nearly seven months, and Siewert has been fired by Huddersfield after three games without a win in the EFL Championship.
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Siewert began his tenure 10 points adrift of safety from relegation, but then finished 20 points back of 17th place.
Siewert’s only victory (in any competition) as Huddersfield manager (19 games) came in a 1-0 upset of Wolverhampton Wanderers, last season’s seventh-place finishers in the PL.
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Huddersfield’s decision came down Friday night, just minutes after the club suffered a 2-1 home defeat to fellow relegated side Fulham. Huddersfield sit 20th (of 24 teams) with just a single point from their first three games of the season.
The Terriers were also bounced from the League Cup by League One side Lincoln City last week.
Huddersfield Town FC learned the hard way on Tuesday how cruel the drop out of the Premier League can be.
Even with parachute payments, Huddersfield’s slashed budget and new-look squad came back to haunt it, as League One club Lincoln City secured a memorable 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Harry Anderson scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, heading home off a cross from Harry Toffolo.
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With the win, Lincoln City advances to the second round, where the club was drawn with Premier League side Everton FC.
Below are the scores from the first round, and the draw for the second round.
Tuesday’s First Round Scores
Tranmere Rovers 0 – 3 Hull City
Grimsby Town 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Wigan Athletic 0 – 1 Stoke City
Port Vale 1 – 2 Burton Albion
Nottingham Forest 1 – 0 Fleetwood Town
Bradford City 0 – 4 Preston North End
Blackpool 2 – 2 (Macclesfield advances on penalty kicks) Macclesfield Town
Blackburn Rovers 3 – 2 Oldham Athletic
Mansfield Town 2 – 2 P Morecambe
Charlton Athletic 0 – 0 P Forest Green Rovers
Colchester United 3 – 0 Swindon Town
AFC Wimbledon 2 – 2 P Milton Keynes Dons
Oxford United 1 – 0 Peterborough United
Queens Park Rangers P 3 – 3 Bristol City
Plymouth Argyle 2 – 0 Leyton Orient
Wycombe Wanderers 1 – 1 P Reading
Gillingham 2 – 2 P Newport County
Stevenage 1 – 2 Southend United
Luton Town 3 – 1 Ipswich Town
Walsall 2 – 3 Crawley Town
Bristol Rovers 3 – 0 Cheltenham Town
Brentford 1 – 1 P Cambridge United
Coventry City 4 – 1 Exeter City
Swansea City 3 – 1 Northampton Town
Accrington Stanley 1 – 3 Sunderland
Scunthorpe United 0 – 1 Derby County
Rochdale 5 – 2 Bolton Wanderers
Middlesbrough 2 – 2 P Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town 0 – 4 Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday Postponed Bury
Salford City 0 – 3 Leeds United
Barnsley 0 – 3 Carlisle United
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 2 Millwall
Second Round Draw
If there’s a theme so far in Bournemouth’s transfer business this summer, it’s shoring up the team’s defense.
Bournemouth announced on Monday that it had acquired holding midfielder Philip Billing on a permanent transfer from Huddersfield Town FC. According to the BBC, Bournemouth paid more than $18.3 million to sign Billing to a five-year contract.
Although he was relegated last season, Bournemouth clearly liked what it saw in Billing, who is also a Denmark Under-21 international. Now, the club will have a chance to pair Billing up in the middle of the park with Jefferson Lerma, which can allow players like David Brooks and Calum Wilson more space ahead on the field.
“I’m delighted to become an AFC Bournemouth player,” Billing said in a statement. “As soon as I heard of the club’s interest, there was never any doubt in my mind.
“It was an easy decision to make to come into a squad which is full of talented, international players and working with a manager of Eddie Howe’s quality.
“This is an exciting step forward for me and I can’t wait to get started.”
Billing becomes Bournemouth’s third signing of the summer, after defenders Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey. And while the club sold defender Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa, the reported $24.4 million received by Bournemouth more than paid for Billing.
Everton has added goalkeeping depth beyond Jordan Pickford.
Danish keeper Jonas Lossl will sign a three-year contract with the Toffees on July 1, staying in the Premier League after his release from Huddersfield Town.
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Lossl, 30, was initially on loan to the Terriers from Bundesliga outfit Mainz, but the deal was made permanent before last season.
The Dane had an outstanding loan campaign but wasn’t as strong this season as the Terriers were mowed down by Premier League competition and relegated to the Championship.
He was one of five players released by Huddersfield earlier this month.
Pickford also had a rough season between the sticks for Everton, but played all 38 Premier League matches for the club. Maarten Stekelenburg was his backup.