Leyton Orient sign former Liverpool defender Dossena

The 33-year-old Italian has moved outside of the transfer window as he is a free agent, having been released by Sunderland at the end of last season

Leyton Orient have completed the signing of Andrea Dossena on a deal until the end of the season.

The versatile left-sided player is able to move outside of the transfer window as he is a free agent after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season.

Dossena, a former Italy international, has also had spells at Udinese, Liverpool and Napoli and he joins an Orient side 20th in League One.  

“Orient have agreed a contract with former Liverpool, Napoli and Sunderland left-sided player Andrea Dossena,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

Dossena’s first taste of English football came when he moved to Anfield for a reported £7 million fee in July 2008.

The 33-year-old famously scored two goals in consecutive matches for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League and rivals Manchester United in the Premier League in March 2009.

Dossena’s stay on Merseyside proved brief, however, and he joined Napoli in January 2010. A loan spell at Palermo followed before he spent the 2013-14 campaign at the Stadium of Light.

Redknapp hints at move for Defoe

The former Tottenham striker has played under the QPR boss at a number of clubs and could be set for another reunion with the 67-year-old at Loftus Road in January

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has hinted that he would be interested in signing Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC in the January transfer window.

The England international has regularly featured for Redknapp during his career, enjoying spells at the likes of West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham.

Defoe left Spurs for MLS side Toronto early this year – registering 11 goals in 19 league appearances for his new club – and has been linked with a return to the Premier League with QPR.

Redknapp confirmed there had been no movement on a bid since a failed attempt to sign the 32-year-old in the summer but hinted at a potential move in the new year.

“I don’t think anything is anywhere near being concluded,” said Redknapp.

“Tony [Fernandes] the chairman is away, we tried to get Jermain before the deadline [but] I don’t think there’s any movement on that one.

“He’s a player that certainly I’m sure we’d be interested in in January but it depends on the expense of it all and what the deal is really. Only Tony will deal with that so it’s up to him.

“I’m a big fan of his, I’ve signed him enough times. He’s a goalscorer and he’s obviously a player you would like at your club if possible but the figures would have to be right and everything.

“I haven’t spoken to Tony about that yet.”

Kjaer: Premier League move could happen

EXCLUSIVE: Family loyalties may mean Liverpool would be the preferred destination of the rugged Denmark centre-back, although he is open to any challenge

By Robin Bairner

Lille centre-back Simon Kjaer has admitted that he would love to take the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has starred at Stade Pierre-Mauroy for Rene Girard’s side for close to 18 months and has established himself in a defence that has earned the reputation as being one of the most redoubtable in Europe.

Although he is not pushing to leave the north of France, he has confessed it would be hard to turn down a move to England.

“I am not in a hurry to leave France. My family and I enjoy living in Lille, and I enjoy playing for LOSC,” he said.

“But, at 25, I have to plan for the best years of my career and England could very well be my next destination.

“I’ve considered a move to England before, but next summer it could happen.”

While there might be some gentle pressure from his Liverpool-supporting family that may push him towards Anfield, Kjaer, who was previously linked with Tottenham and Arsenal when at Palermo, does not hold a particular club preference otherwise.

“It’s not a secret that my family are Liverpool fans, and a move to Liverpool would make my family happy. But they support me more than they support anything else, so they are happy where ever I go – as long as I am happy,” the Denmark star explained.

“And I am a player not a fan. So I would choose the club that is the best place for me to play my football – and where my family would be happy.

“It is always nice to hear about big clubs being interested, but I won’t concentrate on any other club than Lille right now.”

The Dane certainly has no regrets about his transfer in the summer of 2013 from Wolfsburg to Lille and believes that France offers players an ideal schooling before moving to England.

“I believe that the French Ligue 1 is a good stepping stone for anybody for a move to the Premier League.

“You see a lot of players crossing The Channel to play in England, and I understand why. In many ways the style of Ligue 1 is much more physical than in some of the other big leagues, and it would be more difficult going from the Serie A to Premier League, because the style of play is very different.

“But I work hard every day to improve everything in my game – it is in my nature never to be satisfied and always wanting to better myself.”

Kjaer explained that he thrives upon testing himself against the best and is looking forward to facing Everton’s forwards in Thursday evening.

“I go into every game to prove myself – whether it’s in Ligue1, or a Euro 2016 qualifier for Denmark against Cristiano Ronaldo like in our last international, or this game against Everton and top class players like Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku. The bigger the challenge, the more I enjoy it.

“At 25 I am focused on working hard and developing myself continuously before the best years of my career. I always enjoy facing the best names in the game.

“Obviously there are great players at Everton and in the Premier League in general.

“The Europa League is a nice stage to play on but I would really cherish the opportunity to play Champions League. I loved playing at the World Cup of 2010 and Euro 2012, and this would offer a similar challenge.”

If has been a difficult start to the season at Lille, who presently lie 12th in the French top flight, having notably struggled to score goals.

“It has been frustrating for all of us at LOSC,” Kjaer admitted. “Last season we had this feeling of being almost unbeatable, but we have lost that feeling and our rhythm because of injuries and the sale of last season’s top scorer [Salomon] Kalou.

“When a player gives you 16 or 17 league goals per season, you miss him when he’s gone.

“We haven’t scored enough goals, and we have lost the balance in the team, so we are also letting in more goals for the moment. We have kept six cleansheets in the league, and that is a proof of good defending, but we are struggling a bit to find our top form right now.

“Defensively we had a great game and another cleansheet against Everton [two weeks ago], and if we repeat that performance and then add a bit going forward, we could get a good result at Goodison Park.”

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