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West Brom chairman Paul Thompson
"I don't believe the offer is sufficient"
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Coventry chairman Bryan Richardson
"Hughes really wanted to come and that's refreshing"
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Wednesday, 8 August, 2001, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Coventry seal Hughes deal
Lee Hughes
Hughes has an awesome goalscoring record
Coventry have completed the signing of West Bromwich Albion striker Lee Hughes, according to the club's official website.

The 25-year-old hit man has signed a four-year deal after completing a medical on Tuesday.

His registration should be completed in time for Hughes to make his debut in Coventry's First Division opener at Stockport County on Saturday.

The deal brings to an end a row between Sky Blues and Albion after Coventry exposed a clause in the player's contract which allowed him to talk to any club offering in excess of 5m for his sature.

Coventry tabled a cheeky bid of 5m and one pound, though Baggies valued him well in excess of that total.

The club is prepared to grant the player the opportunity of transfer providing the offer received exceeds 5m
Lee Hughes' contract clause at West Brom
West Brom chairman Paul Thompson said the club had rejected Coventry's offer but had allowed Hughes to talk to the Sky Blues after admitting the clause.

Thompson insisted: "I believe Lee is worth more than 5m."

Hughes' arrival at Highfield Road follows the signing of Keith O'Neill and Moroccan Youssef Safri as Gordon Strachan bids to return Coventry to the Premiership at the first attempt.

The ginger-haired hitman was a hero to Baggies fans, a prolific striker who scored 86 goals in four seasons.

Last term he bagged 23 as Albion reached the play-offs.

But the 25-year-old could not agree a new deal with the club and was put up for sale a week ago with one year of his contract remaining.

The signing of Hughes will help pacify Coventry fans angered by a summer clearcut that has included the sale of the high-profile Craig Bellamy and John Hartson.

Coventry are also likely to take veteran former Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram on trial - with Magnus Hedman being linked with a 3.5m move to Everton.

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27 Jul 01 |  West Bromwich Albion
Baggies put Hughes up for sale
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