Sampdoria make Ziegler deal permanent

July 3, 2007

Reto Ziegler has agreed to join Italian side Sampdoria on a permanent transfer from Tottenham following his loan move last season.

The 21-year-old Switzerland left-back was the last remaining player signed during Jacques Santini's spell in charge before Martin Jol took over as boss in 2004.

'I feel good at Sampdoria,' said Ziegler, who failed to break into the team under Dutchman Jol. 'This is the right club for me to improve as a player.'

Despite struggling for cover at left-back last season, Ziegler was allowed to leave for Serie A, and Jol has brought Gareth Bale in a £10million deal from Southampton since.

Jol also wants to strengthen the left side of his midfield but a move for Christian Wilhelmsson from Nantes appears remote as the Sweden international's agent is negotiating with Roma.

Fabio Alho told Sportbladet: 'We are still doing everything we can to stay with Roma.

'We are still negotiating in order to reach a deal so for the moment we are not talking to other clubs.'

Meanwhile, Czech Republic youngster Tomas Pekhart appears set to stay at White Hart Lane rather than go on loan next season.

The 18-year-old striker said: 'When there were some discussions, they said that they would not release me as they were preparing me for first-team football, so I hope I will get a chance.'

Pekhart signed a year ago from Slavia Prague and has played for the academy and the reserves.