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Saturday, July 11, 1998 Published at 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK

Sport: Football

Hughes signs for Saints

Mark Hughes has been negotiating personal terms with Southampton

Chelsea striker Mark Hughes has signed for Southampton for 650,000.

The two clubs had agreed a fee for the 34-year-old player earlier in the week but the former Welsh International had still to negotiate personal terms.

Chelsea have let the striker go following the summer signing of Pierluigi Casiraghi from Lazio.

Hughes had hoped he could leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer following Casiraghi's arrival.

Interest in former international

Among the clubs showing interest in the former Manchester United striker was First Division West Bromwich Albion.

Hughes was an integral part of the Manchester United team that won two Premiership titles and two FA Cups including the double in 1994 before joining Chelsea two years ago where he won the FA Cup in his first season.

Earlier this week, Southampton completed the 1.5m signing of former England winger Stuart Ripley from Blackburn. They have also taken the reserve team striker James Beattie from Ewood Park for 1m.

The Premiership side have also won the race to sign striker Mark Paul from King's Lynn, beating West Ham, Leicester and Derby to secure the teenager's signature.

The club has taken up Tottenham's David Howells on a free transfer.

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