Foxes sign Konchesky from Reds

13 July 2011 09:39
Paul Konchesky has joined Championship side Leicester from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, reportedly in the region of £1.5million.[LNB] The 30-year-old, signed for £4million last August by then manager Roy Hodgson, played just 18 matches for the Reds after struggling to settle after his move from Fulham.[LNB]Hodgson's departure and Kenny Dalglish's arrival in early January effectively signalled the end of the left-back's Anfield career as he was immediately loaned out to Championship side Nottingham Forest.[LNB]He returned to pre-season training with the Reds but was told he was surplus to requirements and has now been moved on, for a reported fee of £1.5million, signing a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium.[LNB]Konchesky's departure is likely to be the first of several as Dalglish looks to shed some of the dead wood which has accumulated at Anfield.[LNB]Forward Milan Jovanovic, who arrived on a free transfer from Standard Liege last summer, is expected to be the next out of the door after scoring just twice in 18 matches.[LNB]The Serbia international started just one game under Dalglish and did not feature in the squad for the last three months of the season.[LNB]He may possibly return to Belgium with Anderlecht, although French champions Lille are believed to be interested in the 30-year-old.[LNB]Several other fringe players also seem set for the exit with 31-year-old midfielder Christian Poulsen and Joe Cole, 30 in November - both signings from the short-lived Hodgson era - linked with moves away.[LNB]Striker David Ngog appears to be surplus to requirements now and has been interesting some Premier League rivals, while the future of back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones appears in doubt with Liverpool apparently close to bringing in Roma's Brazilian Alexander Doni as Jose Reina's deputy.[LNB]Left-back Emiliano Insua, who spent last season on loan at Galatasaray, may have earned a reprieve, however, after he flew out to Malaysia on Tuesday to await the arrival of the first-team squad, who play their first pre-season friendly against Guangzhou in China on Wednesday.[LNB]The Argentinian did not get a visa for the China leg of the mini-tour but is hopeful of being involved against a Malaysia XI at the weekend.[LNB]"I will meet the team on Thursday. I am looking forward to playing on Saturday," he wrote on Twitter.[LNB]Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is looking forward to working with Konchesky after he penned a three-year deal with the Foxes.[LNB]"Paul has been a Premier League player year in, year out throughout his career so he represents a very big signing for us," the former England boss, who gave the defender his international debut, told the club's website.[LNB]"He wanted to come to Leicester and it means a lot that proven, established top-flight footballers want to be a part of what we are building here.[LNB]"I know Paul very well as a player and a person and he will be a top-class addition to our squad."

Source: Team_Talk