Pilgrims tie up Mpenza deal
Plymouth have finalised the signing of Belgium international Emile Mpenza on a free transfer.
Last Updated: 02/09/08 2:27pm
Plymouth Argyle have finalised the signing of Belgium international striker Emile Mpenza on a free transfer.
Mpenza has agreed a one-year contract at Home Park after being released by Manchester City over the summer.
Pilgrims boss Paul Sturrock has been a long-term admirer of Mpenza and is happy to have secured a deal for the 30-year-old.
"He is an international striker and they don't exactly fall off trees," Sturrock told the club's official website.
"He brings experience to the front line and gives us something different to what we have had before.
"He played in the Premier League 25 times last year and we are delighted to have that kind of standard here.
"His agent came to us and we have been haggling with them for a while. When I was with Dundee United, I contemplated taking him from Mouscron when he was very young.
"I also thought about taking him to Southampton and I was really tempted when I was with Sheffield Wednesday and he was playing in Germany.
"He has got phenomenal strength and I couldn't believe we got the opportunity [to sign him], but he is here now and we are looking forward to it."