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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Hughes and Grabban move to Well
Stephen Hughes (left) and Lewis Grabban
Hughes (left) and Grabban were deadline day captures
Motherwell have won the race to sign Leicester City midfielder Stephen Hughes and have also taken striker Lewis Grabban from Crystal Palace.

But Motherwell have failed to agree a deal with Leicester City's Rab Douglas after a trial spell and are now looking elsewhere for a new goalkeeper.

The 19-year-old Grabban has joined on loan until January.

And Hughes has signed a two-year contract, with Well having paid an undisclosed fee for the 24-year-old.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee said: "He has just got a medical this morning and will do the necessary signing. But, as far as we're concerned, the deal is going through.

"We are bringing in a young striker from Crystal Palace, Lewis Grabban, who is unproven.

These were two of the boys I wanted when all this process started

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee

"He has played a few games in their first team, but he is a young boy with potential.

"He is a big boy, quick, different again from the types of strikers we have here already.

"These were two of the boys I wanted when all this process started. But, as usual, it's always the same, it takes to the last minute to get it done."

Well's Scottish Premier League rivals, Hearts, had previously made an offer for Hughes, while Brighton this week also confirmed their interest.

Hughes had been transfer-listed in the summer, with Leicester having accepted a 50,000 offer from Hearts.


And Brighton assistant manager Dean White revealed that the midfielder had been determined to leave, despite the departure this week of manager Martin Allen.

Hughes had made exactly 100 league and cup appearances since joining Leicester from Rangers in January 2005.

Grabban has made 11 substitute appearances for Palace, scoring once.

He was on loan to Oldham Athletic last season, failing to score in 10 appearances, only two of them being starts.

Hearts' capture of Hughes delayed
17 Aug 07 |  Heart of Midlothian
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12 Jul 07 |  Leicester City
Foxes accept Hearts' Hughes bid
05 Jul 07 |  Heart of Midlothian


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