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Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 11:40 GMT
Cooper in shock Wimbledon switch
Kevin Cooper
Cooper looking forward to a "great adventure"
Stockport's Kevin Cooper is on the verge of a shock move to Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old winger, who joined Stockport from Derby County four years ago, travelled to London on Wednesday for a medical ahead of a deal that will net the struggling First Division club 1m.

"It's a great move for me and I'm really excited about going to a club that is determined to get back into the Premiership," said Cooper.

I think he's completed his move. Nobody's told me from here that it's happened but the lad left a message on my answerphone
  Andy Kilner

"But despite what is going to be a great adventure for me, it's disappointing to leave Stockport in the position they are in.

"The manager Andy Kilner has been first-class to me and, with the work he's putting in at the club, I'm hoping they should be able to stay up this season."

Cooper, who had 15 months left on his current contract at Edgeley Park, had said on Tuesday that he was in two minds about the deal and would wait until the end of the week before deciding whether to make the move.

But Stockport boss Kilner went into his office on Thursday to discover the former Derby player had agreed to the transfer.

Kilner said: "I think he's completed his move. Nobody's told me from here that it's happened but the lad left a message on my answerphone."

Cooper is the fourth first-choice player Kilner has been forced to sell .

Carlo Nash, Ian Moore and Tony Dinning have all left Edgeley Park as the club battle to avoid the drop.

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