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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 08:37 GMT 09:37 UK
Seagulls swoop for Zamora
Bobby Zamora
Bobby Zamora completes Brighton signing
Brighton have signed Bristol Rovers striker Bobby Zamora for 100,000.

The Albion have been tracking the Rovers forward all summer, after he scored six goals in six games on loan last season. The club had already had one bid rejected.

The 19-year-old has agreed a four-year contract.

Seagulls boss Micky Adams has admitted that until last week, he thought the Bobby Zamora deal would fail.

Adams said: "It's been a frustrating time. I really thought the deal was dead and buried, but Bobby was keen to join us and I'm delighted we've got our man at long last."

It has been no secret that the club has been chasing Zamora for most of the close season, and chairman Dick Knight admitted last month that he had an initial 100,000 bid for Zamora - one of the club's top targets - rejected by Bristol Rovers.

Despite that initial knock-back, Knight and Adams continued their pursuit of the striker, and their persitence has finally paid off.

Adams said: "Bobby realised he wasn't going to get many first-team games at Bristol Rovers. He came to us last season and showed the potential he has. We're now hoping he's going to score lots of goals."

Zamora added: "I know most of the lads down here from my spell last season. Also Michel Kuipers is down here now and he's a good mate.

Wrench

"It was a bit of a wrench to leave Bristol, as I had been there for three or four years. But Brighton is a big place, and there's lot's going on here, and I'm joining a big club.

"I'm very pleased to be here, and hopefully I'll be able to get some first-team games. I know there are already three strikers here, but hopefully I'll be able to break into the team.

"I played a lot of pre-season friendlies for Rovers - although maybe not where I wanted to play - and I'm fully fit and ready to go."

Adams has now completed his summer rebuilding, saying: "I think that's it. I've said all along that I wanted to bring two strikers in over the summer and that is what I've done."

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