Sahin completes Liverpool loan as close of transfer window nears

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    • Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin completes loan move from Real Madrid to Liverpool
    • Valencia sign French left back Aly Cissokoh
    • M'Baye Niang joins AC Milan from Caen
    • Controversial striker Adrian Mutu signs fro French club Ajaccio
    Liverpool unveiled midfielder Nuri Sahin on Tuesday, after he completed a one year loan from Spanish champions Real Madrid.
    The German born Turkish international has struggled to establish himself in Jose Mourinho's side moving from German champions Borussia Dortmund last summer, and was keen to move to a side that could promise him first team football.
    "I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to playing for Liverpool," Sahin told the Liverpool website.
    "I had a difficult season last year because of a lot of injuries. I had three injuries last year.
    "The team played very well, but I didn't play too many games, so that's why I spoke to Real Madrid and told them I wanted to go out for a year. I want to play football -- and it was important for me to be at a club where the manager really wants me.
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    "I wanted to play for a club on the same level as Dortmund and Madrid -- that's why I chose Liverpool. This year, it is very important for me to play. I have to play, improve my game and help the team."
    Sahin, who was also linked with a move to Arsenal, admitted that former team mate Xabi Alonso, who moved to Madrid from Liverpool, helped persuade him to choose the Merseyside club.
    "When he heard Liverpool were interested in me, he started telling me about Liverpool. He is still in love with Liverpool Football Club, I think! It's crazy how he was telling me about Liverpool.
    "He was saying, 'Go there, you will love it. The fans will take care of you and love you' and things like that. He said Anfield is the best stadium in the world."
    The former Dortmund player also revealed he was looking forward to linking up with Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard -- who will likely line up alongside Sahin and fellow new signing Joe Allen in a new look Liverpool midfield.
    "Steven Gerrard is a huge name, not only in Liverpool but in world football. I am looking forward to playing with him -- I've played against him once," he told the club website.
    "There are many other players that I could name. If I have to choose one name, it would be Steven Gerrard -- but it is not only Gerrard."
    With Friday's transfer deadline approaching, many of Europe's biggest clubs are finalising moves that they hope will ensure they have squads that can compete until the window reopens in January.
    In Spain, Valencia have completed the signing of Lyon full back Aly Cissokoh.
    The 24 year old has taken a pay cut to join the club, signing a four year deal with Los Che, who can offer Champions League football this season. Cissokoh will replace Spain international Jordi Alba who left the club for Barcelona earlier in the summer.
    "This is a big step forward in my career," Cissokoh told the club website.
    "I have arrived at an historic club and I can't wait to train with the team. Although football is a business, it is also a passion. That is why it was not difficult to take a cut in salary. In France, any player would love to come to Valencia."
    Club president Manuel Llorente confirmed that Valencia had concluded their summer business with the singing of Cissokoh.
    "We have rounded of a squad of players that can perform at the same level -- or better -- than those who have left. Valencia CF attracts important players like Aly, who has taken a drop in salary to come here."
    French club Caen have confirmed the transfer of 17-year old M'Baye Niang to Italian side AC Milan. The striker has signed a three year contract with the Rossoneri after a week on trial at English side Everton.
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    Elsewhere in France, former Chelsea, Juventus, Inter Milan and Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu has been unveiled by Ajaccio.
    The 33 year old has enjoyed a colorful career, serving a seven month ban for testing positive for Cocaine while at Chelsea and a six month ban for failing a drugs test after playing in a Coppa Italia match for Fiorentina.
    Mutu was sued by Chelsea for breaching his contract after his positive cocaine test. Following a series of appeals, Mutu was ordered to pay the London club $21m in damages by a Swiss court.
    Upon his arrival in Corsica, the Romanian threw down a challenge to another of Ligue 1's high profile summer signings.
    "I'm launching a challenge to Zlatan Ibrahimovic - I'll score more goals than him between now and the end of the season," he told the Fifa website.
    Ibrahimovic, who moved to Paris St. Germain from AC Milan during this transfer window, has already scored two goals in the French league, while Ajaccio have only scored one goal in three games.
    Ajaccio's president hailed the arrival of Mutu as one of the biggest signing's in the club's history.
    "It's a huge coup for the club, and without doubt the biggest player we've had in Corsica since Johnny Rep in 1978," declared Alain Orsoni.