English League 2

Spireites bring in Humphreys

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Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:02:00

Cardiff have reportedly joined the race to sign striker Peter Odemwingie, who is unlikely to go on West Brom's pre-season tour to Austria.

Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay is keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new Premier League campaign - but has been frustrated in his attempts to land Blackpool boss Tom Ince, who is believed to have turned down a move to Wales despite his club agreeing a fee for his services.

The Birmingham Mail reports that Albion outcast Odemwingie is now on Cardiff's radar, but he has a number of summer suitors, with Crystal Palace, West Ham, Swansea, Hull and Fulham also reportedly interested.

Palace were believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature and have held discussions with Albion - but the two parties are still some way apart in their valuations of the 32-year-old.

Odemwingie is almost certain to be left out of Albion's eight-day trip to Austria, having not been included in first-team duties since the players returned to pre-season training earlier this month.

He still has a year left to run on his contract at West Brom, but reports suggest that a bid of around £1.5million could be enough to lure the Baggies to the negotiating table.

The former Hartlepool player displayed his versatility in numerous positions during a 12-year career at Victoria Park where he made over 500 appearances.

Humphreys, now 35, had been on trial with the Spireites after being released by Pools and impressed boss Paul Cook enough to secure a contract.

"I'm really excited at the prospect of a fresh challenge," Humphreys told Chesterfield's official website.

"I've been so impressed with the players, management team and facilities at the club and I can't wait to get started.

"This is a fantastic football club and I can't wait to get started."

Cook added: "Ritchie's had a good career and we're delighted he's agreed to join us.

"He has trained with us and showed great professionalism with a superb attitude to training. He'll offer cover in various positions."

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