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Milan snaps up Madrid's Huntelaar

AC Milan has agreed a deal with Real Madrid to make Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar its first major signing of the close season.

Huntelaar, who has become surplus to requirements at Real following the Spanish club's massive spending spree, will join Milan on a four-year contract. "The Dutch footballer will undergo medical checks tomorrow after which he will sign a contract that will bind him to the club until June 30, 2013," Milan said in a statement on the club Website.

According to media reports, Milan has agreed to pay Real 15 million euros (US$21.57 million) for the forward, who only joined them in January, for an inital fee of 20 million euros, after a prolific stint at Ajax.

He is no longer needed at the Bernabeu following the arrival of players such as Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.

Liverpool also acted quickly to replace Xabi Alonso on Wednesday, reaching a deal with AS Roma to sign Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The transfer for the 25-year-old Aquilani is reported to be worth 20 million pounds (US$34 million).

Alonso passed his medical with Real Madrid on Wednesday to complete a transfer estimated at around 30 million pounds for the Spanish international midfielder.

Tottenham has reportedly agreed to pay Newcastle 8 million pounds (US$13.4 million) for French defender Sebastien Bassong.

Sunderland meanwhile signed striker Darren Bent on a four-year deal from Tottenham for a club-record 10 million pounds. Spurs said the fee could reach the 16.5 million pounds they paid for Bent two years ago from Charlton.


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