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Friday, 30 August, 2002, 20:43 GMT 21:43 UK
Saints sign Kanchelskis
Andrei Kanchelskis (left) is joining Southampton
Southampton have completed the signing of former Manchester United and Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis.

The Russian international will stay at St Mary's until the end of the season after impressing manager Gordon Strachan over the past 12 days.


He just wants to play and the other players look up to him
Gordon Strachan

Kanchelskis had been training with Saints to stay fit after being released by Glasgow Rangers.

"He brings experience to the squad. He has played with some of the world's best players with Russia and Manchester United," Saints manager Goron Strachan told the club's official website.

"He has a great attitude and a good appetite for the game. He just wants to play and the other players look up to him.

"I like the fact that he phoned me personally to ask if he could train here. He did not get an agent to do it and he tried three or four times before he got me."

Former Dynamo Kiev player Kanchelskis first came to England in 1991 when signed by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson from Shakhtar Donetsk.

He went on to play a key role in United's championship win in 1993 and their double success of 1994 before moving to Everton for five million pounds a year later.

From there he moved on to Fiorentina and Rangers and also spent a spell on loan at Manchester City.

Defensive cover

Strachan has also swooped on former club Coventry City to sign Marcus Hall.

Hall is being signed as cover for England international Wayne Bridge and comes into the squad for Saturday's Premiership trip to Tottenham.

Hall, 26, has been on a pay-as-you-play deal with Nottingham Forest since turning down a contract at Coventry at the end of last season.

"It does not mean we are about to sell Wayne Bridge but we have been a bit short of cover down that flank so this is a good deal for us," said chairman Rupert Lowe.

"Gordon knows him well and he will be a useful addition for us."

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