RIDGE GETS HIS MOVE TO BAG­GIES

Midweek Sport - - RACING EXTRA - By JOHN PERCY

DAVID MOYES was last night on the verge of a sen­sa­tional dou­ble swoop for Ni­kica Jelavic and for­mer Ever­ton favourite Steven Pien­aar.

Tof­fees boss Moyes has forked out £6mil­lion on Rangers star Jelavic – who has scored 17 goals for the Glas­gow club this sea­son.

The 26-year-old was also wanted by West Ham and QPR, but Moyes has made a rare strike in the trans­fer mar­ket by cap­tur­ing the Croa­tia in­ter­na­tional.

Tor­rid

And the Tof­fees were also bat­tling to take ex-ever­ton star Pien­aar back to the club on loan from Spurs in a shock swap for Louis Saha.

South Africa in­ter­na­tional Pien­aar has en­dured a tor­rid time at White Hart Lane since leav­ing Ever­ton in Jan­uary 2011.

The mid­fielder (be­low) re­turn to his old stomp­ing ground, with striker Saha mak­ing the move to Harry Redknapp’s ti­tle chasers.

Moyes has cash to spend fol­low­ing the sale of Dini­yar Bilyalet­di­nov to Spar­tak Moscow at the week­end for a fee of around £5m.

was poised to WEST BROM have con­firmed the sign­ing of Birm­ing­ham de­fender Liam Ridgewell for an undis­closed fee.

Ridgewell has put pen to pa­per on an ini­tial two-and-a-half year con­tract, with the op­tion of a fur­ther 12 months.

He passed a med­i­cal at the Bag­gies train­ing ground af­ter agree­ing per­sonal terms.

Ridgewell signed too late to be el­i­gi­ble for tonight’s game at Ful­ham but will come into con­tention to make his de­but in Satur­day’s home clash with Swansea.

West Brom boss Roy Hodg­son said: “Liam is a very ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender and has the added ben­e­fit of be­ing left-sided. We do not have many of those de­fend­ers at the club.

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