London: Manchester City have signed midfielder Javi Garcia from Benfica for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League champions said on Friday.

The 25-year-old is expected to fill the gap left by Nigel De Jong, who joined AC Milan earlier in the day, although he can also play in the centre of the defence.

The Spaniard was a regular at Benfica after arriving from Real Madrid in 2009, scoring six times in 73 appearances for the Portuguese club.

Garcia, who has one cap for Spain, will wear the number 14 shirt at City.

U.S. forward Dempsey quits Fulham for Tottenham
United States forward Clint Dempsey completed a shock move from Fulham to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee on Friday.

"We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Fulham for the transfer of Clint Dempsey," Spurs said on their website.

The 29-year-old had been strongly linked by the media with a move to Liverpool following his 17-goal haul in the Premier League last season but the Anfield club failed to meet Fulham's transfer evaluation.

Dempsey joined Fulham in 2007 from New England Revolution, scoring 60 goals in 224 appearances for the Craven Cottage team.

Wolfsburg winger Dejagah joins Fulham
Fulham signed right winger Ashkan Dejagah from VfL Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee on Friday.

The 26-year-old spent five years at Wolfsburg, making more than 150 appearances for the Bundesliga club. He also has three international caps for Iran.

"I'm very happy to come and play in the Premier League," Dejagah told the club's website (

"I know Sascha Riether, (Fulham's German right back] well and he told me very good things about the club."

Dejagah has signed a three-year deal with the Londoners.

Malaga land US defender Onyewu on loan
Malaga have signed United States defender Oguchi Onyewu on loan from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon with an option to buy next year, the Spanish club said on Friday.

The 30-year-old central defender has played for a number of clubs in Europe including Standard Liege, Newcastle United, Inter Milan and Twente.

Onyewu is Malaga's fourth signing in the last 24 hours after they also landed Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz on loan, Argentine striker Javier Saviola and Chile midfielder Manuel Iturra.

Qatari-owned Malaga have been drawn in Champions League Group C along with AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht in their first venture into Europe's elite club competition.


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