EVEN THOUGH Matt Holland trained with Ipswich Town yesterday, ending speculation that he was about to join Aston Villa, the Midlanders were able to make one signing: the Republic of Ireland international Mark Kinsella.
The 30-year-old midfielder moves from Charlton Athletic, where he had been since 1996, and has agreed a two-year contract. Kinsella, believed to have cost around pounds 1m, has joined in time to make his debut against Tottenham at White Hart Lane today. The Dubliner played in all four of Ireland's World Cup matches, and made over 200 appearances for the Addicks.
Holland said: "Everyone knows how happy I am at the club and as far as I'm concerned that is the end of the matter unless circumstances change." While Kinsella was completing his transfer, the Brazilian-born midfielder Alex was moving to Charlton.
Alex, who gained Japanese citizenship last November and played for the co-hosts in the World Cup, was involved in discussions with the Charlton chairman Richard Murray over his pounds 2.3m move from Shimizu S-Pulse yesterday.
The 25-year-old has agreed a contract that will keep him at the club until 2007 and impressed manager Alan Curbishley during his three-day trial.
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