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Corradi exits

No official confirmation from the club - which probably sums up the value of his City career perfectly, but Bernardo Corradi has officially joined Reggina on a one-year deal.

Despite returning to the club following his loan spell at Parma (and accompanying the side on their German 'boot camp' and trip to the Faroes), given Hughes's enthusiasm over both Ched Evans and Daniel Sturridge, Corradi was never going to be in with a realistic shot of the first team squad this season and had expressed a wish to remain in Serie A.

Another one of the trio of signings that Stuart Pearce made (along with Dickov and Mpenza) that showed what little budget and ambition the club had a couple of seasons, but I didn't envisage quite what a disaster his time at the club would turn out to be.

I had visions of Corradi becoming a version of Luca Toni - although his best days at Chievo were well behind him when he arrived, but his size was the only asset comparable to Toni, but one thing in defence of him was that we never really played to his strengths.

One thing his departure does do is suggest that both Evans and Sturridge (who featured at Hamburg at the weekend) could definitely see some action during the forthcoming season - particularly over the first month of the season when Benjani and Jo will be absent.