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Premiership: Bayern Munich confirm Reina to join from Liverpool

Pepe Reina will complete a £2 million switch to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to the German club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“Yes we’ve made an agreement,” former Germany striker Rummenigge said from Portland, Oregon, during Bayern’s US tour.

“Reina is our new keeper. He’s very experienced and he would like to come to Munich, even though Manuel Neuer is the number one.”

The fee for the 31-year-old thought to be in the region of £2 million. He had been linked with AC Milan and Napoli, having spent last season on loan at the latter.

Reina, who has 33 caps for Spain, helped Napoli finish third in Serie A and qualify for the Champions League.

However, it appears as though Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers deems the former Villarreal man as surplus to requirements with Simon Mignolet set to continue as the Merseyside club’s number one.

He will now rejoin Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, having played with the legendary midfielder at Barcelona at the turn of the millennium.

Premiership : Loic Remy could not have failed a medical at Liverpool, says QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers manager says Liverpool must have changed their minds on the transfer and wants France striker to stay at Loftus Road next season

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Harry Redknapp is refusing to believe that Lo¯c R©my’s move toLiverpool collapsed on medical grounds.

Liverpool dramatically pulled out of their £8.5 million move to sign R©my, with the Queens Park Rangers striker understood to have failed a medical.

But QPR manager Redknapp insists R©my could not have failed a medical and claims there must be a different reason for Liverpool going cold on the deal.

There have been suggestions that Fabio Borini’s desire to stay at Anfield resulted in Liverpool going cold on 27-year-old R©my.

“It can’t be a medical reason because he (R©my) never failed a medical, I just can’t believe what I’ve read and heard,” said Redknapp.

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Premiership : Liverpool sign Dejan Lovren from Southampton for £20m

Liverpool have made Southampton defender Dejan Lovren their fifth summer signing in a deal worth £20m.

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The 25-year-old Croatia centre-back joins on a four-year contract and is the third Saints player to move to Anfield during this transfer window.

He had spoken publicly about his wish to make the switch and follows former team-mates Rickie Lambert, 32, and Adam Lallana, 25.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said: “This is a very important signing for us.”

Lovren will join up with the squad on their US tour.

He said: “After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: ‘One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool’.”

Rodgers told Liverpool’s official website:  “He is a commanding and powerful presence and clearly has leadership skills, which is important – he fits the profile of player we are looking for.

“He is still relatively young, so his peak years are ahead of him and I believe he will improve and progress even further with us.”

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Football : Steven Gerrard: England captain quits international football

England captain Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after winning 114 caps.

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Gerrard, 34, won his first cap in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2000 and made his last England appearance in a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup.

The Liverpool midfielder said: “I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It’s a sad day for me.”

Gerrard will now take on a “high profile” ambassadorial role with the Football Association.

He retires from international duty having scored 21 goals and played at six major tournaments. He ranks third on England’s most-capped player list behind only Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115).

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Premiership : Loic Remy : Liverpool agree £8.5m fee with QPR for striker

Liverpool have agreed an £8.5m fee with QPR to sign France striker Loic Remy.

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The bid activated a release clause in the contract of the 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle, scoring 14 Premier League goals.

He is now expected to join the Reds on a pre-season tour in the United States to have a medical and discuss personal terms before completing the move.

Remy was part of the France squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

He moved to Newcastle on loan after QPR’s relegation from the Premier League in 2013.

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Premiership : Liverpool complete £20m signing of Lazar Markovic

Liverpool have completed the £20m signing of winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica on a “long-term deal”.

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The 20-year-old helped Benfica win the Portuguese title last season after joining the club from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2013.

“I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players and all connected to the club,” he told Liverpool’s website.

The Serbia international becomes the club’s fourth signing this summer.

Markovic scored seven goals in 49 appearances during the 2013-14 campaign as Benfica sealed a domestic treble and reached the Europa League final.

The Serb, who made his international debut in February 2012, says he is looking forward to joining Brendan Rodgers’ squad and playing in the Premier League,

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Premiership : Luis Suarez: Liverpool & Barcelona Agree £75m Deal For Striker

Liverpool have agreed to sell striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a fee thought to be about £75m.

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The Uruguayan, 27, who is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, will sign a five-year deal.

Suarez, who scored 31 league goals last season, will travel to the Spanish club next week for a medical.

“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played,” said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Suarez – last season’s Premier League top scorer and winner of the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards – signed for Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 for £22.7m, and had four years left on his contract.

The move to Barcelona takes Suarez closer to his wife Sofia’s family.

“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision,” said the striker, who is banned from “all football-related activity” until the end of October as he serves his third suspension for biting an opponent.

“This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.”

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World Cup : Luis Suarez Appeal Against Bite Ban Rejected

Fifa has rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

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Suarez was also banned for nine international matches after the incident at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Uruguayan FA had described Fifa’s ruling as an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”.

Suarez can now make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Football’s global governing body also imposed a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (£65,000) on Suarez, who has apologised for his behaviour.

Under the terms of the suspension, Suarez cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium, although players’ union Fifpro argue the details “lack clarity”.

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