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Transfer News and Speculation: 17 June

Published 17/06/2008

Fabrice Muamba has signed for Bolton from Birmingham in a deal worth over £5m. The 20-year-old midfielder, Gary Megson's first signing of the summer, has agreed a four-year contract.

Megson said: "Fabrice is a tough-tackling central midfielder who has had a good grounding with the Arsenal youth set-up." Muamba, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, moved to the UK in 1994 and is a naturalised British citizen. He made his England Under-21 debut against Romania in 2007 and has made a further six appearances at that level.

Velicka agrees move to Ibrox

Andrius Velicka has agreed a three-year deal with Rangers. The 29-year-old Lithuanian striker, who left Hearts in February, has passed a medical and Viking Stavanger have agreed a fee in the region of £1m. Velicka will join Rangers at a training camp in the Netherlands next month.

McClaren makes pitch to Rovers

Blackburn Rovers interviewed Steve McClaren yesterday and are confident of appointing their new manager this week. Rovers have spoken to six candidates, believed also to include Sam Allardyce and Paul Ince. "We are on target for the end of this week," chairman John Williams said.


Fabrice Muamba (Birmingham City) to Bolton £5m

Zoltan Liptak (Southend United) to Ujpest £60,000

Pim Balkestein (Heerenveen) to Ipswich Town Undis

Kieran Murtagh (Fisher Athletic) to Yeovil Town Undis

Robbie Stockdale (Tranmere Rovers) to Grimsby Undis

Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green) to Charlton Tribunal

Lewwis Spence (Crystal Palace) to Wycombe Wanderers Free

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