Transfer Watch: Neill: Galatasaray switch is for family
Lucas Neill brought his brief spell at Everton to a close by claiming that the motive behind his £750,000 transfer to Galatasaray was a desire to provide for his family.
The 31-year-old Australia defender has signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Galatasaray, with some reports in Turkey claiming that the deal could be worth up to £80,000 a week. Neill insists that he was taken aback by developments and that he is leaving Everton with a heavy heart, despite having spent only four months at the club.
"It will be a challenge for me," Neill said. "I have had some fantastic years in England and I have a lot of people to thank along the way. It is sad to be leaving Everton.
"I didn't instigate a move, but once negotiations started it became clear I would have to look after myself and my family."
SPORTING FINGAL have won the race to sign former Irish international Glen Crowe.
The newly promoted Dubliners headed off interest from St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City to pick up the free agent who wanted to stay in Dublin after being released by Bohs. The 32-year-old will begin pre-season training with his new team-mates today.
"I enjoyed the time I spent with Bohs but things change at every club and I want to look forward to the season ahead with Sporting Fingal," Crowe said.
Meanwhile, First Division side Waterford United have snapped up Liam Kearney, left without a club after the demise of Derry City as a Premier Division outfit.
St Patrick's Athletic, who confirmed the captures of Paul Byrne and Shane Guthrie earlier in the week, have added frontmen Alex Williams and Vinny Faherty to their panel. The duo join from Dundalk and Galway respectively.
Vincent Pericard had a medical at Swindon Town yesterday with a view to signing a long-term contract at the League One club. The former France U-21 striker arrives after Billy Paynter rejected a new contract at Swindon. Bristol Rovers, Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town have inquired about the 25-year-old, who will be a free agent in the summer.
Tommy Doherty, the Northern Ireland midfield player, has been released by Wycombe Wanderers after requesting a change of club.
Atletico Madrid are keen to end Philippe Senderos' spell at Arsenal after the defender reiterated his desire to leave the club during this transfer window.
The Switzerland centre-half is attracting interest from a number of clubs, but Atletico are believed to be ready to make a firm offer.
Nolberto Solano could be set for a surprise move to Colchester United. The 35-year-old former Peru player has been training with the League One club. (© The Times, London)