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everton snap up heitinga

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LONDON - Everton signed Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid for £6million (R76,2million) just before the transfer window shut on Tuesday.

LONDON - Everton signed Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid for £6million (R76,2million) just before the transfer window shut on Tuesday.

Heitinga agreed to a five-year contract with the Premier League club and the move was announced in the final hour before the deadline.

The 25-year-old follows French defender Sylvain Distin to Goodison Park as Toffees boss David Moyes strengthens his back four after Joleon Lescott's move to Manchester City.

Atletico could eventually receive £7million for the Holland international due to clauses in the terms of the deal.

On a relatively low-key transfer deadline day, Tottenham swooped for Portsmouth's Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

Aston Villa spent £5million (R63,5million) to sign Wales defender James Collins from West Ham and were hoping to sign Richard Dunne from Manchester City for £6million (R76,2million), even though the deal wasn't confirmed by the deadline.

Collins put pen to paper on a four-year contract and could make his debut against local rivals Birmingham on September 13.

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart made a triple swoop for Watford centre-back Mike Williamson, Manchester City defender Tal Ben Haim and Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda.

Israel international Ben Haim agreed to a four-year contract and his free transfer will be rubber-stamped once he has been given a work permit.

The 27-year-old joins a team who are bottom of the Premier League after four successive defeats but he is determined to help them climb out of the relegation zone. Hart could pair Ben Haim with Williamson, who cost £3millionfrom Championship club Watford and agreed on a four-year contract.

Hart also landed Yebda from Portuguese club Benfica. The 25-year-old French-born Algerian has moved to Fratton Park on a season-long loan.

David Nugent, a striker who has one England cap, left Pompey to join Burnley on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Stoke City signed defender Danny Collins from Sunderland for £2,75 million (R34,9million), though the fee for the 29-year-old could rise to £3,5 million.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson brought in Swedish striker David Elm, 26, for an undisclosed fee from Kalmar on a one-year contract.

Bolton bolstered their forward line by signing Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic, 29, on a one-year loan from Nantes. Birmingham signed Finland midfielder Teemu Tainio, 29, on loan from Sunderland for the rest of the season. Hull boss Phil Brown landed Senegal centre-back Ibrahima Sonko, 28, on a season-long loan from Stoke. - Sapa-AFP


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