Sporting Digest: Football

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Wolves have signed Derby winger Paul Simpson, who has been on loan at Molineux for the last month, for pounds 75,000. Wolves' Steve Bull will be out of action for two months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

Middlesbrough have taken 22-year-old Thai international striker Alfred Natipong Stritong on a two-week trial, after he impressed during Boro's pre-season friendly against Thai Farmers.

West Bromwich Albion are to allow Shane Nicholson to continue to train with the club, despite the defender's positive test last month for an amphetamine. The 27-year-old, charged with misconduct by the Football Association and suspended by his club, faces an extended ban.

Bolton have signed Jussi Jaaskelainen, the Finnish Under-21 goalkeeper, from VPS Vaasa for an initial fee of pounds 100,000.

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