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Saints make Wright move

20 Mar 2008 - 12:10:58

Southampton have signed West Ham United's Richard Wright on a month's loan to cover for a goalkeeping crisis at St Mary's.

The Saints have three keepers on the sidelines, with Bartosz Bialkowski (thumb), Kelvin Davis (finger) and now Michael Poke (ankle) all currently ruled out.

That leaves 17-year-old Andrej Pernecky as the only fit goalkeeper on the Saints' books, meaning manager Nigel Pearson had to seek emergency cover in the form of Wright.

He told the club's official website: "I am delighted to have got Richard. He is a quality, proven keeper with plenty of experience.

"It is a bizarre run of injuries, but there is no point being negative. We had to address the situation and I am very pleased to have Richard on board."

Wright, 30, has made just three appearances for the Hammers since his arrival last summer from Everton, while he has also had spells with Arsenal and Ipswich Town.

He also has two senior England caps to his name, with his only start coming against Malta way back in June 2000.


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