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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 22 hours ago
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By ESPN Staff
Jan 8, 2006

Fulham to sign Southampton goalkeeper Niemi

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Fulham have reached agreement with Southampton to sign their Finnish goalkeeper Antti Niemi on Monday, the Premier League club has announced.

The move was confirmed by Southampton manager George Burley who left the former Finland keeper out of his second division side's 4-3 FA Cup third round victory over MK Dons.

A report on Southampton's official website said the west London club are reportedly set to pay about £1million for Niemi, who joined the south coast club for £2million from Hearts 3-1/2 years ago.

Burley wanted to keep the Finn, who retired from international football in May, but said: 'Antti has spoken to Fulham and I believe he has agreed terms.

'He is almost 34 and wanted to end his career with a deal that will give him and his family security.

'I told him that I would like him to stay but I did not feel I could stand in his way. It was a tough decision for him but he wants to go and it should go through on Monday.

Burley added: 'It was not a financial decision to sell, simply that Antti wanted the chance to secure a Premiership contract at this stage of his career.'