Eagles swoop for Inter pair

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Crystal Palace have beaten the transfer deadline to pull of a major transfer coup after landing Nicola Ventola and Gonzalo Sorondo from Internazionale.

The Eagles have been looking to bolster their squad in the last few weeks and opened talks with Inter earlier this month.

Palace's initial interest was in Sorondo and his fellow South American Kily Gonzalez.

The Argentine rejected the move, but manager Iain Dowie then switched his attentions to Nicola Ventola - as reported on skysports.com. 

Both forward Ventola and defender Sorondo have now agreed season-long loan deals at Selhurst Park.

Inter have also confirmed the departures of Sabri Lamouchi (to Genoa) and Ianis Zicu (to Parma).

The Italian giants have also handed a new contract to defender Carlos Alberto Gamarra, after they failed to land Cesar from Lazio.