Transfer Roundup: Balotelli Leaves Liverpool, Weir Joins Hull, Foxes Sign Slimani

Manchester United have confirmed the departure of James Weir, who will be joining Hull City on a three-year contract.

The 21-year-old midfielder was deemed surplus to Jose Mourinho’s requirements, and has consequently completed a deadline day move to the Hull Tigers.

James has completed and passed his medical this afternoon, after both clubs agreed on a fee for the midfielder.

The player once captained Manchester United’s U21 squad after joining the Red Devils in 2008.

However, James only managed to make one appearance for the first team, which came last season, when he came on as a substitute during Manchester United’s 3-2 win against Arsenal.

Mario Balotelli has finally left Liverpool after spending two less than successful years with the Reds.

The 26-year-old has joined French side Nice on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract with the option to extend further, depending on his performance.

Balotelli, once a rising star, has left England for the third time during the past three years. He was part of Manchester City’s title-winning squad of 2012, but left the Citizens a year later, only to return as a Liverpool player in 2014. However, he left the Merseyside club a season later on a loan move to Milan.

So far, the Italian misfit has managed 28 appearances for Liverpool, scoring a grand total of four goals. It is clear Klopp doesn’t have time to muck about.

Leicester City have broken their club transfer record, after they finalized the £29.7 million transfer of Islam Slimani.

The Daily Mail reports that Ranieri initially made a £25 million bid for the 28-year-old, but it was rejected by Sporting Lisbon, who were standing strong on their £35 million asking price.

Both clubs have now come to an agreement at £29.7 million, meaning that Slimani can join his Algerian compatriot, Riyad Mahrez, this summer.

Slimani underwent a medical shortly, before a deal was negotiated by the two sides. He found the net 27 times last season, helping Sporting Lisbon finish second in the league.


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