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banner Saturday, 4 August, 2001, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
Finidi passes Ipswich medical
Finidi George
Finidi George - on his way to Ipswich?
Nigerian star Finidi George has passed a medical at Ipswich Town and will now consider a move to the English Premiership.

Finidi arrived in Ipswich on Thursday night and was shown around Portman Road and the club's Bent Lane training ground before continuing talks with the club's manager, George Burley.

Burley, who missed out on signing Morocco's Hassan Kachloul earlier this year, is now awaiting an answer from the Nigerian international.

The Ipswich boss is confident of finally signing the elusive winger whom he has been after throughout the summer.

"The talks seemed to go fairly well. I spoke with Finidi and his agent and everything at this end is agreed as far as personal terms are concerned," Burley said.

"He also took the opportunity to pass a medical with flying colours."

Keen to move

Burley believes the player is keen on a move to Portman Road but Finidi will first hold further talks with his Spanish club, Real Mallorca.

"We've agreed the transfer fee with Real Mallorca and I think the player is keen to come to us, but there are still one or two things to tie up.

"Once he has agreed to join us, we will immediately put in an application for a work permit. While the paperwork is going through Finidi will be coming to Ipswich to train with the squad," said Burley.

Finidi will miss Ipswich's trip to Ireland next week but all being well, he should be signed before their first match of the new season at Sunderland.

"What we will be buying is quality. He has pace, can take people on and has a good goalscoring record.

"Finidi did well in three years at Ajax and four years with Real Betis. There is no doubt about his credentials," Burley told the East Anglian Daily Times.

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