Soccer-Villarreal sign Uche and De Guzman on deadline day

Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:30pm GMT
 

MADRID Aug 31 (Reuters) - Villarreal have agreed to sign Nigeria striker Ike Uche from Real Zaragoza and Canadian-born Dutch midfielder Jonathan De Guzman from Real Mallorca.

Uche, 27, who has had a string of injuries through his career, is to finalise a four-year deal with Villarreal. He is away on international duty but on his return will play this season on loan with promoted Granada, the two La Liga sides said.

De Guzman, 23, who has represented Netherlands at youth level, came up through the Feyenoord youth system before joining Mallorca in 2010.

He will sign a five-year contract and be presented to fans on Friday.

Villarreal finished fourth in La Liga last season and have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League where they will meet Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Napoli.

(Writing by Mark Elkington, editing by Tony Jimenez. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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