Dyer deal nailed down
Kieron Dyer is heading to West Ham.
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2007 16:34 GMT

Kieron Dyer: West Ham will be hoping he finally fulfills his potential [GALLO/GETTY]

West Ham United have finally landed midfielder Kieron Dyer from Premier League rivals Newcastle United.
In a statement, the Hammers said the clubs had agreed terms and the player's transfer had now been completed.
The two clubs had previously reached agreement on a reported $12 million deal for the injury-prone player but that collapsed.
The new deal is said to be worth between $12 million and $16 million.
The move also reunites Dyer with ex-Toon team-mate Lee Bowyer, with whom he infamously exchanged punches on the pitch against Aston Villa back in 2005.

Nekounam facing lengthy stint on the sidelines

In Spain, Osasuna's Iranian international midfielder Javad Nekounam will be out of action for six months after tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee in a friendly against Villarreal.

The 26-year-old sustained the injury just four minutes after stepping on to the pitch in what was his first match since returning to the club following the Asian Cup.

Another returning player is Argentine international midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme has returned to Villarreal, but the midfield talisman is still unsure as to where his future lies.

"I've heard that the club has said I'm on the transfer list and if something comes up that's good for me and the club then I will be off," said the 29-year-old, who steered Boca Juniors to the Libertadores Cup while on loan at the Argentine club last season.

AC to start strong

Finally in Italy, AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti will play his strongest side in Friday's final friendly against Juventus ahead of the Serie A kick off on Aug. 25.

Only Paolo Maldini and Ronaldo will miss out as they continue to recover following injuries.

"It is a general test for the championship," Ancelotti said.

The veteran coach was also philosophical about the collapse of Brazilian Emerson’s move from Real Madrid.

"He has not arrived but we have patience. Now we are not in any other talks."

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