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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 January 2007, 17:29 GMT
Inverness win Paatelainen signing
Markus Paatelainen celebrates with Cowdenbeath
Markus Paatelainen was Third Division player of the year
Inverness Caledonian Thistle hope to complete the signing of midfielder Markus Paatelainen from Cowdenbeath over the weekend.

The 23-year-old has already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Scottish Premier League club.

But they hope that the Second Division outfit will accept a nominal fee to allow Paatelainen to move this month.

Inverness director of football Graeme Bennett said: "We hope to have Marcus starting full-time on Monday."

Caley Thistle claim that a host of other clubs, including the one managed by former Cowdenbeath boss Mixu Paatelainen, were vying for his signature.

"Cowdenbeath have been exceptionally good to deal with," said Bennett.
We've been tracking him for some time

Caley Thistle head coach Charlie Christie

"We're pleased to have beaten a couple of other SPL clubs for his signature and Markus was also wanted by his elder brother, Mixu, who is manager of TPS Turku in Finland."

Paatelainen joined Cowdenbeath in September 2005 shortly after former Hibernian, Aberdeen and Dundee United striker Mixu took over as manager of the Blue Brazil.

Caley Thistle boss Charlie Christie added: "We've been tracking him for some time and I'm delighted to land Markus as he brings something different to our pool.

"He can play wide right or left and also in central midfield, though it is primarily as an attacking wide man that we see him.

"He's 6ft 1in tall and weighs 12st 8lbs, so he gives a physical presence, which is something that adds balance to our smallish midfield.

"All sorts of names have been bandied about, some of whom I'd no real idea, but we managed to keep our interest in Markus under the radar till he came to Inverness and put pen to paper on Wednesday night."

But Cowdenbeath have stressed that Paatelainen remains a Cowdenbeath player.

The Second Division club's chairman, Gordon McDougall, told his club website: "We have been in discussions with Inverness about the possible transfer of Markus.

"The talks have been positive, but at this stage nothing has been concluded.

"But, if Markus does go to Inverness, or any other club, he will leave Central Park with our best wishes and thanks for many memorable performances."

Paatelainen, who had a spell with Aberdeen, won the Third Division player of the year award last season as he helped Cowden win promotion.

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