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Connolly to strike chord as McGhee gets his way.

Wolverhampton Wanderers ended a sixth-month hunt for their quarry yesterday when they signed Irish striker David Connolly on loan from Dutch club Feyenoord.

Manager Mark McGhee thought he had the Republic of Ireland centre-forward in the bag when he agreed to join Wolves before the transfer deadline last March, only for the move to break down over compensation for the two years left on his contract.

But McGhee kept plugging away until Feyenoord finally gave their consent.

"I'm delighted to have caught up with David after all this time," McGhee beamed. "We've got him on loan for the time being, but that's only because we want to try and get his international clearance through so that he can play at Swindon on Saturday.

"We hope to push through the permanent transfer when everything has settled down."

West Bromwich Albion have been forced to postpone their First Division match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday, September 12 because of impending traffic problems caused by a ship.

The game has been put back to Sunday, September 13 (1pm k.o.). As the Avon club explained, the vessel "Matthew" is due to return to Bristol on Saturday following its crossing to and from Newfoundland.

Albion's secretary John Evans said: "Bristol City Council intend to close various roads that day and to institute a large number of 'no waiting' areas. The likely impact of a football match being played at Ashton Gate, in addition to all this, is conside red too great to be acceptable."

Meanwhile, Albion defender Paul Raven has moved closer to a long-awaited first-team comeback after successfully completing 90 minutes for the reserves in their 1-0 win over Grimsby on Wednesday night.

"I still need another six or seven games to catch the rest of the players up. I'm not match fit yet," said the 28-year-old centre-back.

Coventry City are giving a trial to former French International Vincent Guerlin.

Guerlin, a left-sided midfielder who has made 20 appearances for France, is on a two-week trial at Highfield Road and played for the reserves against Port Vale on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old is out of contract with Paris St Germain and if he fits the bill could save the Sky Blues a fortune following their failure to keep Croatian midfielder Robert Jarni.
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