Transfer Ticker: Liverpool bolsters front line, Gosling bolts Everton and more

Transfer Ticker: Liverpool bolsters front line, Gosling bolts Everton and more

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Transfer Ticker: Liverpool bolsters front line, Gosling bolts Everton and more

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Liverpool continued its busy offseason by signing Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic to a three-year deal.

Jovanovic scored the lone goal in Serbia's 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, and he scored 13 goals in all competitions for Standard Liege last season.

The signing not only bolsters Roy Hodgson's front line, but it also provides some cover for the departed Yossi Benayoun on the wing, as Jovanovic is effective both up top and in the midfield.

Here are few other transfer items from around the soccer world:

GOSLING GETS OUT OF EVERTON CONTRACT

Dan Gosling, who scored a game-winning goal for Everton against Manchester United last season and is one of the up-and-coming young players in the Premier League, has gotten out of his contract with the Toffees and is now a free agent.

Gosling, 20, got out of Everton on a technicality, because the team couldn't offer the England youth international the five-year deal it wanted to when he was 17. Rules prohibit teams from locking up young players for that long of a period, so he signed a three-year deal and had a verbal agreement with the team to stay on for two more seasons at a substantial pay raise. That agreement wasn't put in writing in time by Everton, though, and the Premier League ruled that he is able to leave Goodison Park on a free transfer, meaning that not only does Everton lose the player, but it also misses out on any potential compensation.

West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland are among the teams rumored to have interest in signing Gosling, who is coming off a major knee injury. 

KJAER CHOOSES WOLFSBURG

Denmark centerback Simon Kjaer has left Palermo to sign with Wolfsburg on a four-year deal.

Top-tier Premier League teams were rumored to be close to signing the budding defender, but he has instead wound up in the Bundseliga, where he will join newly acquired German international Arne Friedrich on the Wolfsburg back line.

KOSCIELNY SIGNS WITH ARSENAL

Arsene Wenger has brought in another French player to the Emirates after Arsenal inked Laurent Koscielny to play central defense.

Koscielny, who most recently played for Lorient, will partner with Thomas Vermaelen at the back and joins fellow countrymen Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna and Armand Traore in London.

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