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Silly Season: Tottenham Signs Heung-Min Son

We are in the homestretch of the transfer window. The clubs have a week to make the final touches to their squads. Sunderland have found a striker in Ola Toivonen. Tottenham have also added some offensive firepower in form of Heung-Min Son. Here are some of the latest transfers and rumors from the world of soccer.

Sunderland’s start to the new season has been anything but impressive. The team has been leaking goals and had a difficult time creating and finishing chances. Sunderland fans hope their latest signing can help with some of those problems. The club announced Friday that they signed Swedish international Ola Toivonen. The 29-year-old striker joins Sunderland from French side Rennes on loan for the season.

Toivonen will be the second Swede on the team as he joins his countryman Sebastian Larsson in the northeast of England. Toivonen has 43 caps for the Swedish national team and scored 14 goals in 46 appearances for Rennes. Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat coached Toivonen during his time at PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham has finalized a £22 million deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s South Korean star Heung-Min Son. The 23-year-old winger/forward will be a welcomed addition to the Spurs as Harry Kane has been looking a bit rusty in the start of the season.

Son got his breakthrough in the German Bundesliga with Hamburg SV in 2012/2013 when he scored 12 league goals in 33 games. He left the following season to join Bayer Leverkusen and Son scored 21 goals in 61 appearances for the club.

Son has 44 caps and 11 goals for the South Korean national team and will now follow in the footsteps of Young-Pyo Lee, the South Korean legend that played three seasons for Spurs between 2005-08. Son signed a five-year contract with Tottenham.

Schalke 04 struck a deal with Bayern Munich to loan Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for the remainder of the season. The 20-year-old Danish talent is regarded as one of the best prospects in Europe, but with the competition in central midfield at Bayern, the club couldn’t give him the playing time he needs. Schalke will be able to do that, and Hojbjerg will get to play in the Bundesliga.

Hojbjerg went out on loan for part of last season to Augsburg, where he played 16 games and scored two goals. Hojbjerg already has seven caps for the Danish national team and is seen as the future backbone. Bayern confirmed the deal on their website Friday.

Fenerbahce signed Lazar Markovic on a season-long loan from Liverpool. The 21-year-old Serbian winger came to Liverpool last summer from Portuguese side Benfica for £20 million, but has failed to make a positive impression on manager Brendan Rodgers.

Last season, Markovic did feature in 31 games for Liverpool, but he failed to make the most of it and the hope is that he will gain some experience with Fenerbahce during the loan spell as Rodgers has said that Markovic still has a future at Anfield.

Markovic has 20 caps for Serbia and will join stars like Robin van Persie, Nani and Diego at Fenerbahce.

Championship side Burnley signed Joey Barton to a one-year deal. Barton was a free transfer after his contract with Queens Park Rangers expired. The 32-year-old midfield veteran has played over 230 Premier League games for Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR. He spent the 2012/2013 season on loan at Marseille in Ligue 1 after QPR had been relegated.

Barton has always been a polarizing figure that has never been shy to speak his mind on social media, but has also had numerous problems with violence. His career at Manchester City ended after he assaulted a teammate.

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