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Clough seeks to catch Sammon

DERBY manager Nigel Clough wants Wigan’s Irish striker Conor Sammon on a season-long loan.

Sammon, who played with UCD and Derry City in the League of Ireland before signing for Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, would welcome a move to Pride Park with his first team chances at Wigan limited last season.

Peter Lovenkrands has become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss, subject to a medical.

The 32-year-old Danish forward has agreed personal terms on his Bosman free transfer to St Andrew's and is due to report for training today as Blues kickstart their pre-season preparations under Clark, who took the reins from Chris Hughton towards the end of June. Elsewhere, Birmingham have announced leisure, entertainment and lifestyle provider EZE Group as the club's official sponsor.

Eldon Jakupovic has rejected a move to Ipswich Town, preferring a return to Hull City instead. The Swiss goalkeeper (27) will rival Ben Amos for the No 1 position.