Ehiogu moves to Albion after all

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Ugo Ehiogu will today begin preparing for a West Bromwich Albion debut delayed by 16 years after Middlesbrough received a more optimistic prognosis concerning Gareth Southgate's injury and decided that they could cope without the muscular defender.

Twenty-four hours after Middlesbrough blocked Ehiogu's return to The Hawthorns, the Albion manager Bryan Robson finally got his man for an undisclosed fee. The 33-year-old centre-back, who turned professional with the club in 1990 but left for Aston Villa after just two substitute appearances, is expected to play at Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Steve McClaren had recalled Ehiogu when it was feared Southgate may have broken a foot at Nuneaton last Saturday, but relented once tests showed only bruising. The Middlesbrough manager said: "Gareth should be fit in a fortnight and may be ready to play a week later. The knock-on is that we've decided to let Ugo's move go ahead as planned."

Birmingham City accepted a substantial loss yesterday when Walter Pandiani joined Espanyol of Barcelona for £1m, a third of the sum they paid Deportivo La Coruña for the Uruguayan striker.

Pandiani scored just six goals in 35 appearances for Birmingham City, having initially impressed on loan last season.