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[01 DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY MATCH NEWS
Carsley Signs And More Could Follow

Blackburn midfielder Lee Carsley has finally signed for the Sky Blues after months of speculation, and another Honduran and Moroccan could be on their way.

Carsley, aged 26, has been touted as the ideal replacement for Gary McAllister by boss Gordon Strachan.

At a press conference today it was revealed that he has signed a four-and-a-half year deal. The transfer free is thought to be around £2.5 million.

Strachan said:

"I made my mind up that I wanted Lee here early in the year when I knew that Gary McAllister was leaving.

"It has taken a long time and it has been down to perseverance - I have checked on his availability every two weeks.

Carsley will not make his Coventry debut at Bradford on Saturday because of "personal reasons".

The Republic of Ireland international said he spoke with other Eire player Gary Breen and Robbie Keane before deciding to make the move.

Last season he was Blackburnís top scorer, but has fallen out of favour with manager Graeme Souness.

He said he was keen to get back into the premiership, and initially handed in a transfer request in august before later withdrawing it.

Meanwhile Honduran player Samuel Caballero is expected to come to Coventry next week to join join Ivan Guerrero and Jairo Martinez at Highfield Road.

And a young Moroccan player could also be coming to Coventry in the summer. Youssef Safri is hotly tipped by Moustapha Hadji, and the Sky Blues have an option to buy him after Morocco have completed a large amount of international fixtures.
 

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