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New blood for Wolves on old boy network.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Colin Lee has made his first signings of the summer, beating off the challenge of Midland rivals Birmingham City to land Andy Sinton from Tottenham Hotspur and Darren Bazeley from Watford.

Blues were keen on recruiting both players, who were available on free transfers under the Bosman ruling, but Lee's connections helped him to make a double coup.

It was common knowledge that both clubs were battling for the signature of 33-year-old former England winger Sinton, but Lee only learned of Blues' interest in Bazeley after clinching the signing.

"We are delighted to get them both," Lee said. "Andy is actually coming to us for less than Birmingham offered him, but he likes our set-up and it helped that I know him from when I was youth-team coach at Brentford. He can bring us a lot, both as a player and a senior professional influence."

Sinton, who has 12 England caps, has made more than 500 league appearances for Tottenham, Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers, Brentford and Cambridge United. He has signed a two-year Molineux contract.

Lee's previous acquaintance with Bazeley also helped to land the 26-year-old right-back or wing-back from the First Division play-off winners.

Bazeley was a Watford youth-team player under Lee, who subsequently gave him his first-team debut after briefly taking charge at Vicarage Road in 1990.

Although Bazeley was a regular in Watford's promotion-winning side last season, he became a free agent when his contract expired.

He has signed a four-year deal at Molineux and Lee said: "I think he will be a valuable asset. I'm trying to build a squad where players can push each other for places.

"I'm building a squad of players and these two will come in and fight for a place. They are both very flexible, so if we get any injuries, it will help that they can play in different positions."

Coventry City's Belgian winger, Laurent Delorge, has been hit by injury, just two days into pre-season training.

The former Ghent player, who broke his leg on his first match against Grimsby Town reserves last season, has suffered a hamstring strain and is ruled out of the Sky Blues' trip to Germany next weekend.

Former England B full-back Marcus Hall has also been sidelined, by a recurrence of the knee injury which kept him out of action for so much of last season.
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Author:Bishop, Rob
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 7, 1999
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