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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Shittu Was Within an Hour of Signing for WBA Before Watford Move

Watford Observer - Shittu: I almost signed for Baggies
By Kevin Affleck
DAN SHITTU has revealed he came within an hour of signing for West Bromwich Albion.
The Nigerian man-mountain, who could be in line for a recall on Saturday, had undergone a medical at the Hawthorns in the summer and was all ready to put pen to paper when Watford came in at the 11th hour.
"I went to West Brom that day to sign the contract and was about an hour away from signing," recalled the defender.
"Watford called my agent and I left West Brom without signing. I think Bryan Robson was really upset that I didn't sign but once I had spoken to Aidy I knew Watford was the place I wanted to go."
For the full interview with Shittu, see this week's edition of the Watford Observer.
Watford Observer

How it was reported at the time:

QPR Official Site - Deal Agreed
QPR have reached agreement with fellow Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion for the £3million transfer of Dan Shittu.
The player is due to travel to The Hawthorns on Friday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.
The overall deal is worth £3million in total and the R's have negotiated a 10 per-cent sell on clause for any future transfer involving the player. QPR

West Bromwich Albion Official Site - QPR accept £1.5m Shittu bid
ALBION have had a £1.5million offer accepted by QPR for central defender Dan Shittu.
The fee could rise to £3million if certain criteria are met.
Nigerian international Shittu will travel to the Black Country tomorrow (Friday) to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
Stay tuned WBA

BBC - QPR accept Baggies bid for Shittu
Danny Shittu
Shittu has made more than 160 league appearances for QPR
QPR have accepted an initial offer of £1.5m from West Bromwich Albion for defender Danny Shittu.
The Baggies have struck a deal which could rise to £3m according to his performance and that of the club.
The 25-year-old is set to travel to the Hawthorns on Friday discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
WBA boss Bryan Robson wants to bring in defensive cover for Neil Clement and Thomas Gaardsoe who will both miss the start of the season through injury.
QPR chairman Gianni Paladini had previously insisted his club would not accept less than £3m for defender Danny Shittu.
Watford had a bid for the giant centre-back rejected.
Shittu moved to Loftus Road from Charlton in 2002 in a £350,000 deal funded by QPR fans Matthew and Alex Winton.
He has since made 162 league appearances and is a firm favourite among supporters.

SKY - QPR accept Shittu bid
By Alex Dunn - Created on 3 Aug 2006

West Bromwich Albion have agreed a fee for Queens Park Rangers defender Danny Shittu.
After a period of negotiation between the Championship rivals an accord has been struck whereby West Brom will pay an initial fee of £1.5 million.
The fee could eventually rise to £3 million depending on various criteria that will be appearance and success related.
success related.
Shittu, an imposing central defender, has established himself as one of the more powerful performers outside of the top flight and is seen as an ideal signing by Baggies boss Bryan Robson.
West Brom defensive duo Neil Clement and Thomas Gaardsoe are currently struggling with injury and Robson has previously stated a desire to add more competition to his ranks.
Shittu will travel to the Midlands on Friday for a medical and to discuss personal terms. Skysports

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