Saturday 10 December 2016

Cole to join Galaxy of stars in LA

Published 28/01/2016 | 02:30

Cole had his contract with Serie A giants Roma terminated by mutual consent: AFP / Getty Images
Cole had his contract with Serie A giants Roma terminated by mutual consent: AFP / Getty Images

Ashley Cole will link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard after Los Angeles Galaxy announced that they have signed the defender, subject to international clearance.

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Cole had his contract with Serie A giants Roma terminated by mutual consent and a move to the MLS was widely anticipated, with the Galaxy confirming they had snapped up the left-back.

Head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said: "Ashley is one of the world's most successful defenders. He can provide our defence with valuable experience."

The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Galaxy, where Cole will also play alongside Ireland captain Robbie Keane.

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur on a five-and-a-half-year deal, the Premier League clubs said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old winger was a regular in the England squad last season, but has made just seven appearances for Spurs in all competitions this campaign and has not started a Premier League game.

He has signed for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £12m.

"As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go," Townsend said.

Sunderland have signed central defender Lamine Kone from FC Lorient on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international played over 100 games for the French Ligue 1 team.

Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos has left Aston Villa. The 30-year-old centre-back played only nine times for Villa, with his final appearance coming in a goalless draw at West Ham in November 2014.

Swansea hope to complete an £8m move for Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi in the next few days. The 26-year-old has emerged as Swansea's number one striker target, with new head coach Francesco Guidolin understood to be a big admirer of his compatriot.

Paloschi has been capped by Italy at U-21 level and has scored over 40 goals since joining Chievo from Parma in 2011.

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