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Hull's Ian Ashbee joins ex-boss Phil Brown at Preston

Ian Ashbee
Ashbee has been at Hull for nine years

Preston have completed the signing of Hull's Ian Ashbee after the midfielder handed in a written transfer request.

Ashbee, 34, who has signed an 18-month deal, teams up again with Preston boss Phil Brown, his manager at Hull.

Ashbee, who is Brown's first permanent signing as PNE boss, will go into the team to face Barnsley on Tuesday night.

North End chairman Maurice Lindsay also revealed that his club turned down deadline day offers for Andy Lonergan, Billy Jones and Sean St Ledger.

"We have turned down a £500,000 offer from Bristol City for Billy Jones and we have turned down lots of money for Sean St Ledger from Ipswich Town," said Lindsay.

"Andy Lonergan was coveted by Cardiff City but they didn't value him very highly. Even so, we probably wouldn't have sold him."

Preston are bottom of the league with 21 points and are six points from safety - 12 places and 17 points behind Hull.

And it was the timing of Hull skipper Ashbee's move disappointed his former boss Nigel Pearson.

Ashbee, who has been at Hull for nine years, handed in his transfer request on Friday after informing Pearson that a club had offered him a contract.

That was before Hull's 0-0 draw with Championship leaders QPR on Saturday which leaves them 12th in the Championship.

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see also
Barnsley 2-0 Preston
01 Feb 11 |  Championship
Transfer deadline day as it happened
01 Feb 11 |  Football
Hull City 0-0 QPR
29 Jan 11 |  Championship
Injured Ashbee pens new Hull deal
11 Nov 09 |  Hull
Hull rocked by injury to Ashbee
18 Aug 09 |  Hull
Ashbee signs new Hull contract
24 May 05 |  Hull
Ashbee joins Hull
01 Jul 02 |  Hull City

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