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Beasley in, but Cole and Sibierski depart

Barring any last minute further deadline moves, Stuart Pearce looks to have completed the make-up of his squad for the first half of the season at least.

Andrew Cole's transfer to Portsmouth was completed this morning, with Cole claiming he was keen to move to a club 'looking to push forward'. The MEN reported that Cole will see his pay increase by £15,000 per week and has an extra year guaranteed on his contract - something the club were will to match length wise (if not wage wise) on the proviso he plays twenty games this season.

A £500,000 return is decent business really and I can't argue that the club should have matched what Portsmouth were offering, but it is disappointing that a player of Cole's influence works his way back to full fitness and departs before we see any of the benefits.

The move for Olivier Thomert died off late yesterday, with rumours surrounding the possible arrival of DaMarcus Beasley. That has come to fruition now as the American international joins from PSV - albeit only on a season long loan. He will undoubtedly bring some much needed width to the side and is a good pick up.

But, out of the blue though came the news that Antoine Sibierski had left the club. In a big suprise, he has remained in the Premiership as he has left to join Newcastle in a one-year deal. No fee has been mentioned so far and this maybe more of a case of getting a player of the books. A very strange move for me by Newcastle, and as big a 'trier' Sibierski is, it won't be a move mourned by many fans.