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Owls Complete Sodje Swoop

Wednesday have made it two signings in a day after Owls boss Brian Laws revealed the club have brought Port Vale striker Akpo Sodje to Hillsborough.

Laws revealed the news on BBC Radio Sheffield on Wednesday night and Sodje, who won the Port Vale player of the year award last season, has penned a three year deal at Hillsborough.

The hitman, who bagged 16 goals in League One for Vale last term, has been linked with a move to S6 throughout the week but it was thought the deal had collapsed after Vale rejected the Owls approach of a player-plus-cash deal.

But the Nigerian has now put pen to paper on a three-year contract at Wednesday and could well go straight in to the Owls squad to face Bristol City at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

Laws also revealed that he was hopeful Akpo's brother, Sam, a centre-back from Reading, would complete his move to Wednesday before Friday's transfer deadline after complications in the deal.

Sam was all set to sign for the club at the start of the week but unknown complications prevented a deal going through, and Laws has now revealed that another club has entered the running for his services.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 29 2007

Time: 6:50PM

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nice one
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29/08/2007 18:55:00

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29/08/2007 18:58:00

get behind him now get your brother here akpo
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29/08/2007 19:01:00

just imagine sodjes are us
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29/08/2007 19:01:00

Typical. What's the betting that there are no "agent issues" with the other team that want Sam. Maclean anyone? The question is whether we have any other alternatives? Is it Sam Sodje or no defender. That'd be a concern.
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29/08/2007 19:03:00

2 players in 1 day?!! I have a feeling leon clarke may be off on loan somewhere, oh well lets hope akpo can do it for us on the pitch, maybe a couple of new faces on saturday will give the club a boost! and my best wishes go to yoann folly I just read about him, I always thought there was a rift between him and laws but if memory serves me right, laws got him a new contract the minute he arrived at hillsborough so lets hope he feels better after his goal the other night and gets some time on the pitch this weekend!
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29/08/2007 19:47:00

I am very impressed with this guy. I have just watched every one of his 16 goals from last season via the Premium TV subscription website. Not one was a tap in, he's strong, got good feet and is an excellent finisher. He also does a funny dance every time he scores. If he stays fit, he will be a bubbly character to have around and will become a fans favourite.
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29/08/2007 19:49:00

its southampton
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29/08/2007 19:58:00

Get behind Brian Laws and the team - He's a proper bloke and he's doing his best in difficult circumstances. No one said it would be easy. Who cares if we let in 3 as long as we can score 4.
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29/08/2007 19:58:00

Hmmm, Southampton are quite attractive. Wonder if playing with his brother will be enough to get him to Hillsborough. I imagine it will be if we keep *****ing about with agents and Southampton just get on with it. Come on Brian, make it happen. Let's have Sammy too!
Disgruntled Owl
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29/08/2007 20:18:00

The Sodje's other brother plays rugby for Sheffield Eagles - if they're a tight knit family the pull of all three of them being in the same city has got to work in our favour.
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29/08/2007 20:34:00

Only money will be the major influence in the end. Southampton or Sheffield, brothers or not. Cash is king. Cynical but true im afraid. Be nice to get him though, although Southampton have a lot of cash floating around at the moment.
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30/08/2007 08:48:00

Yes indeed. Can't believe they got 6m for Kenwyne. Okay, he's pretty good, but he's not a premiership player. 6 mill! We should have got 5 for Brunt in comparison.
Disgruntled Owl
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30/08/2007 09:57:00

In all honesty I dont think the Brunt deal was a bad one. However, that was when I thought we had 2 million to spend from the transaction, added to that promised from the Bougara deal. A player is worth what the buyer is willing to pay in the end, it may seem a lot of money for Kenwyne but if he nets 10 goals and keeps a club in the premier league its insignificant. There is such a gap between the divisions its frightening. Good luck to him.
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30/08/2007 10:53:00

It would appear that Sam Sodje is moving to Charlton now. Don't think he ever wanted to come to us.
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30/08/2007 13:29:00

well lets hope is bruva influences his decision
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30/08/2007 13:33:00

I'd love to know what the delay was with him. I would assume it was us messing about again. Probably being bothered about a few agent's fees and then someone else pops us and sorts it out without a hitch.
Disgruntled Owl
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30/08/2007 13:57:00

Daily Mail has just announced that Sam is off to Charlton on loan for the season. Wonder what other options Brian can magic up in a day. Bit gutted by this. We really needed a quality centre-back.
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30/08/2007 14:05:00

well if think we shud get danny mills since theyve nicked off wi sodje hes just as gd
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30/08/2007 14:27:00

I think they're getting Danny Mills too. Greedy gits.
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30/08/2007 14:29:00

no idea who cud be half decent n come to wednesday we need atleast 2 defenders centre hal n a full back
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30/08/2007 14:32:00

Im more than a little gutted. Weve messed about again and missed the chance. Who's doing the negotiating because he really aint any good and needs sacking.
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30/08/2007 14:34:00

We needed a quality centre half more than a winger or a centre forward. Still to do list in 24 hours. Left back better than the pair we have, Quality centre half and a ball winner in midfield. As excited I am that we have signed 2 new faces, I am bitterly dissapointed that they key positions (In my opinion) have not been filled. Dont think we are any further forward in reality. Lets hope im wrong again
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30/08/2007 14:37:00

wheres peter kenyon wen u need him?? he dont f about!!
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30/08/2007 14:44:00

well looks like were goin to hav to out score teams as were not guna be able to stop oppositions scoring
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30/08/2007 14:44:00

just check out kaven walkers comments on teletext about the signing, ha ha what a joker!
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30/08/2007 15:12:00

come on Holl, do tell, im at work and aint got teletext. He comes across as a tosser not a joker normally
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30/08/2007 15:32:00

something along the lines of "we are giving the manager all he needs to gain promotion" surely thats enough to raise a smile! but yes I agree with you totally
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30/08/2007 15:48:00

He must mean that they are going to promote laws director of football and have given him a new office with a leather chair, sky tv & a box of pens.
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30/08/2007 15:57:00

maybe the chair and pens but definately not sky, freeview maybe
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30/08/2007 17:37:00


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