Former Everton and Arsenal player Francis Jeffers currently with Sheffield Wednesday has been handed a maximum club fine and transfer listed following his sending off in the Carling cup second round defeat to Port Vale.
Jeffers appeared to head butt and punch Port Vale captain Tommy Fraser, for which he was shown a straight red card in the 37th minute of the game.
His actions left Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws fuming, despite the player apologising for his actions. “His conduct was totally unacceptable and something this football club will not tolerate from any player” says Laws on the club website.
“The kind of behaviour enacted on Tuesday night is completely unacceptable and does not represent what Sheffield Wednesday stands for and clearly sets a bad example for the game of football. We have therefore enforced the heaviest punishment available to the club with immediate effect and transfer-listed the player.”
Jeffers began his career at Everton making his debut in 1997, days before his 17th birthday. A much publicised row over a pay rise ended with Jeffers moving to Arsenal in 2001 for £8million.
The player has been dogged by injuries and attitude throughout his career and has never managed to fulfill his early promise at Everton.
Blackpool have signed 23 year old striker Charlie Adam from Scottish Premier club Rangers, for a transfer fee of £500,000. Adam had spent the second part of last season on loan at Blackpool, arriving in February 2009.
Adam made 13 appearances for Blackpool and scored twice, and according to manager Ian Holloway, played a massive part in keeping the club in the Championship. Holloway says;
“I am absolutely delighted to have signed Charlie, having watched all the DVDs from last season and listened to the staff and supporters, I know exactly what he can bring to the club.”
Adam scored eighteen goals in 86 appearances for Rangers, if he arrives fit the midfielder is likely to be in the starting line up for the Championship’s opening game against QPR on Saturday.
Leroy Lita has signed for Middlesbrough today on a free transfer having finished his contract with previous club Reading in June. Earlier reports suggested that Lita had been made offers from Sheffield United, Leicester and Norwich,but the player has opted for Middlesbrough.
Lita spent most of last season away from the Madjeski Stadium with loan spells at Charlton and Norwich after falling out of favour with Reading. The 24 year old is looking to kick start his career with Brough.
The troublesome Mido has been packed off to Egypt , on loan to Zamalek for this season. The player really does have a serious attitude and is frustratingly inconsistent but once in a while does something special. But Gareth Southgate has done the right thing to ship him away, without doubt.
Sheffield United have moved quickly to find cover for goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who is awaiting the outcome of a failed drugs test. The Blades have signed Blackburn Rovers Mark Bunn on one months loan.
Kenny has been suspended by United after a urine sample that he provided after the play off semi final game against Preston proved positive for the banned stimulant Ephedrine.
The player must wait for a FA disciplinary inquiry to decide what punishment he will receive. As the drug can allegedly be found in some cold and flu medicines it does not carry an automatic two year ban, although in some cases in Rugby the full sentence has been applied.
Queens Park Rangers have signed the Italian striker Alessandro Pellicori on a three year contract after being impressed with the player during his trial with the London club.
Manager Jim Magilton said via club’s official website:
“Alessandro has done well with us during his trial period.He’s a natural goalscorer and we’re delighted to add him to the already healthy attacking options we have at our disposal. He’ll take time to settle over here, but we’re really excited by his arrival.”
The 28 year old striker became available after being released by Italian league Serie B club Avellino.