Two far

11 January 2008

After being told for a while that we'd need to ship one or two players out before we could bring any more in, it's encouraging to see that two players who were surplus to requirements have moved on. Richard Chaplow has joined Preston for an initial fee of ?800,000 which could rise by further ?550,000 depending on performance - and the deal also includes a 20% sell-on clause. Chaplow had plenty of chances to establish himself in the team but never quite managed to do so, and has at times attracted criticism from supporters for his ability to win the ball only to give it away again.

And Ronnie Wallwork has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer for the rest of the season. Another midfielder who has failed to hold down a place under Tony Mowbray's leadership, Wallwork had spent the last three months on loan at Huddersfield Town.

We're quite sure the club would be keen to ship John Hartson out as well, if they could just find a boat big enough. And they have until the end of the January window to tie up a deal to sign striker Ishmael Miller permanently for the fee agreed with Manchester City at the start of the season - assuming that he wants to join us full time rather than leave his options open for now.

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