ARNHEM: Vitesse Arnhem have signed Chelsea’s teenage forward Isaiah Brown on loan for the coming season, the Dutch club confirmed on Saturday. Brown is their third loan signing from the English champions in this transfer window. The 18-year-old, an England junior international who was signed by Chelsea from West Bromwich Albion in 2013, joins Lewis Baker and Brazilian Nathan in the Netherlands. And the trio are following a well-worn path. Last season Vitesse took Bertrand Traore, Josh McEachran and Wallace on loan from Stamford Bridge. Before season, they had several players from Chelsea, including Lucas Piazon, Sam Hutchinson and Christian Atsu.
Ogbonna inks deal
LONDON: Italian international defender Angelo Ogbonna became West Ham’s fifth signing in the close season on Friday joining for a reported fee of £10million ($15.5m) from Italian champions Juventus. The 27-year-old — who in 2013 became the first captain of city rivals Torino to decamp to Juventus — signed a four-year contract with the Hammers. “My heart told me that the right decision was to play for West Ham United,” said Ogbonna, the son of Nigerian immigrants who gained Italian citizenship aged 18. Ogbonna, won two Serie A titles and an Italian Cup with Juventus, was part of the Italian squad that reached the Euro 2012 final, although he didn’t play in any of their matches and was an unused substitute in the Champions League final.
LONDON: Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister has been appointed the club’s first team coach as part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ new coaching staff, the Premier League side said on Saturday. The 50-year-old won the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and the League Cup in 2001 during two seasons as a player at Anfield and has since managed Leeds United and Coventry City. “Gary has a special connection with this club and its supporters, and I’m delighted he is joining our team as first-team coach,” Rodgers told the club’s website. “When I met him I was struck by his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for what we’re looking to achieve here,” he added.