Official: Kovacic seals Inter switch

Dinamo Zagreb youngster Mateo Kovacic has completed his transfer to Inter after passing his medical on Thursday.

The Croatian champions announced on Wednesday that the midfielder would leave the club for the Nerazzurri after both sides had reached an agreement over a fee believed to be in the region of €11 million, which could rise to €15m.

Kovacic visited the Policlinico San Matteo di Pavia on Thursday for his medical, and the physical examination did not bring any noteworthy issues to the fore.

“Joining Inter is like a dream come true. I do not know how to explain it. I can only say that it is an incredible feeling and that I will do my utmost for the club,” the player told Inter Channel.

The 18-year-old has inked a contract until the summer of 2017 with Inter.

Aston Villa complete signing of Yacouba Sylla from Clermont Foot

Aston Villa have completed the signing of France Under-21 international Yacouba Sylla on transfer deadline day.

The deal for the Clermont Foot defensive midfielder is reportedly worth around £2 million and he represents Paul Lambert’s first signing of the January window.

Sylla told the club’s official website: “I’m very excited about the prospect of playing for Aston Villa and also to be playing in the Premier League.

“I have watched some games here on TV back in France and a player such as Cheikh Tiote, who is strong and forceful, I admire his style of playing.

“The manager is building a dynamic and exciting young team here and there are players also with a lot of experience. Obviously, I know plenty about Charles N’Zogbia, with him being French as well, and it will be great to play alongside him.

“I know some of the other players here, too. Christian Benteke has had an extraordinary season so far. For such a young player to have made his name in the Premier League already shows there is real quality here at the club and I’m excited by this.

“I can’t wait to fight for the club and help the club to climb the table. My first task will be to integrate myself with my new team-mates and to help those around me to grow and to build with them a strong team. I’m thrilled to be part of this.

“Playing at Villa Park will be unbelievable. It is a huge stadium with a great history and the crowd will be incredible. You dream about this when you become a footballer.

“I can hopefully help the team when we’re defending against our opposition and to get the ball moving forward. I know the fans are very passionate and it will be great to get started as soon as possible.

“The club has made me feel very welcome already. The facilities at the training ground are first-class and I will be very proud when I put on the shirt and play my first game. I am looking forward to this very much.”

Kovacic completes Inter medical

Dinamo Zagreb youngster Mateo Kovacic is one step closer to completing his proposed transfer to Inter after passing his medical on Thursday.

The Croatian champions announced on Wednesday that the midfielder would leave the club for the Nerazzurri after both sides had reached an agreement over a fee believed to be in the region of €11 million, which could rise to €15m.

Kovacic visited the Policlinico San Matteo di Pavia on Thursday for his medical, and the physical examination did not bring any noteworthy issues to the fore.

“Joining Inter is like a dream come true. I do not know how to explain it. I can only say that it is an incredible feeling and that I will do my utmost for the club,” the player told Inter Channel.

The 18-year-old will ink a long-term contract with Inter in the upcoming hours.

Stoke fail in bid for Marseille's Rod Fanni

Stoke have failed in a bid for Marseille defender Rod Fanni, according to reports in France.

The French international has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a number of years, with Everton and Sunderland also said to be interested.

The Potters have now made the first move, although the French club are said to be holding out for a higher offer.

The 31-year-old admits that he is keen to move to the Premier League, telling Sky Sports: “I have been linked with English clubs for the past three years, but I am still in France.

“Yes I want to play in England but I have a contract here, unless the two clubs agree a fee, it is not in my hands.

“I want to play in the top league and return in the French squad.”

Fanni moved to the Stade Velodrome in early 2011, and has been an almost ever-present for Les Phoceens this season as they compete for the Champions League places in Ligue 1.

Fulham make enquiry for Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh

Fulham have made enquiries about bringing Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh to Craven Cottage, the Dutch club have confirmed.

Martin Jol worked with the Cameroonian international midfielder during his time in the hot seat at the Amsterdam Arena, and now wants him to reinforce the Cottagers midfield.

Enoh has been dropped from Ajax’s squad for their clash with Vitesse on Thursday evening, further hinting that a deal could be close.

Ajax technical director Marc Overmars admitted that there had been contact with the Premier League outfit, but insisted that there was no deal in place as yet.

“Negotiations has to start up first,” Overmars told De Telegraaf. “Nothing is sure for now.”

The 26-year-old joined Ajax from South African feeder club Ajax Cape Town in 2008, but has fallen out of favour with the Dutch champions this season, making just seven appearances.

Fulham have already added the on-loan Emmanuel Frimpong and Urby Emanuelson to their midfield, which has been slightly lightweight in the absence of the injured Mahamadou Diarra.