LONDON - Wales forward Craig Bellamy completed his transfer from West Ham United to Manchester City on Monday after the London club turned down an offer from Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester City confirmed the deal on their website saying Bellamy, 29, had agreed a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee. He will join up with his new team mates at their training camp in Tenerife later this week and could make his debut against Newcastle United, one of his former clubs, on Jan 28. "I am delighted to be working with Craig once more," City manager Mark Hughes, who was in charge at Blackburn Rovers when Bellamy played there, said in a statement. "He is an outstanding player who provides us with qualities that we are lacking slightly. He has blistering pace, has bags of enthusiasm, has a superb attitude to training and will be a great addition to the squad." Spurs had offered around 14.0 million pounds ($20.29 million) but when City made their third offer of the transfer window West Ham allowed Bellamy to enter personal negotiations and, after completing a medical, he signed on Monday evening. Bellamy was left out of the West Ham side which beat Fulham on Sunday with manager Gianfranco Zola saying he was not in the right frame of mind to play. Fast and direct, the often-volatile forward is much-travelled, having established his reputation at Norwich City in the 1990s and then been transferred for a total of more than 30.0 million pounds in his various moves. He went to Coventry City and then played for Newcastle, Celtic on loan, Blackburn, and Liverpool before moving to West Ham for 7.5 million pounds at the start of the 2007-08 season. Injuries have limited his appearances for the Upton Park club and he has made only 22 starts in all competitions. The Wales captain is City's second big January signing following the arrival of fullback Wayne Bridge from Chelsea. Dutch international midfielder Nigel De Jong has also been given permission to speak to City about a move from Hamburg SV. "We have had contact with Manchester City and have agreed to release the player if he can strike a deal with the English club," Hamburg spokesman Joern Wolf told Reuters. "Now it is up to the player and his agent to agree on a contract with that team." De Jong, whose contract with Hamburg expires in 2010, had confirmed late last week he had received an offer and said he still had two weeks to decide before the end of the transfer period. On Monday he said the deal was far from done. "I cannot say anything. Nothing is finished," he told reporters upon the team's return from a training camp in Spain. Hamburg coach Martin Jol said that if the deal went through, the funds would be used to bolster his squad. "My idea is to take a step back in order to move three steps forward," Jol told reporters. City, in the bottom of half of the Premier League table, are the richest club in the world after being taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group. CITY FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: One on One Sven Goran Eriksson Web Exclusives Joe Corrigan Q&A Robinho Boy's A Bit Special Michael Johnson Ask A Silly Question Peter Reid, Alan Ball What Happened Next? Jim Whitley, Tony Cunningham Sing When You’re Winning David Threlfall Plus Joe Corrigan on Weekend Wonders and City on Talentspotter SPURS FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Frederic Kanoute One on One Paul Gascoigne, Les Ferdinand, Ossie Ardiles Boy's A Bit Special Chris Gunter, John Bostock Ask A Silly Question Garth Crooks Perfect XI Ossie Ardiles My Secret Vice Neil Ruddock Plus! Martin Peters on Weekend Wonders and Spurs on Talentspotter WEST HAM FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Mark Noble, Les Ferdinand One on One Les Ferdinand, Paolo di Canio, Gianfranco Zola My Secret Vice Nolberto Solano, Martin Allen Ask A Silly Question Sir Geoff Hurst What Happened Next? Julian Dicks Sing When You’re Winning Nick Frost Plus! Mark Noble on Weekend Wonders and West Ham on Talentspotter
19 January 2009
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