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Transfer news – Pompey’s Belhadj jets off to Qatar

| 12.07.2010

The exodus at Portsmouth has begun in earnest, as their Algerian World Cup left-back Nadir Belhadj has completed a move to Qatari club Al Sadd.

Having struggled desperately with financial problems, Pompey will be boosted by Belhadj’s transfer fee, which is believed to be worth £3.5m. Portsmouth are 16/1 to win the Championship title this season.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, have continued their summer spending with the £1.4m acquisition of Charlton midfielder Nicky Bailey.

The 26-year-old, who captained Charlton last season, joins on a three-year contract, and he could soon be joined by Rangers’ Kevin Thomson, who is reportedly a transfer target for the Teessiders.

14/1 title contenders Cardiff City are set to lose their Welsh international midfielder Joe Ledley, who is on the verge of joining Celtic on a free transfer.

Ledley, 23, is set to quadruple his Bluebirds salary by signing a deal with Celtic thought to be around £28,000 a week.

The move would be a blow to Cardiff, as they would miss out on the £3m compensation that they would have received had the out-of-contract midfielder moved to another side in the English football pyramid.

Doncaster are looking to build on an impressive last season which almost culminated in a play-off spot, and they have completed the signing of Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp for £1.15m.

Sharp, who scored 15 goals during a loan spell at the Keepmoat Stadium last season, has agreed a three-year contract with Rovers, who are 50/1 to win the Championship.

Another side who fell short of the play-off places last term, Preston, have bolstered their ranks with the £400,000 addition of Peterborough centre-back Craig Morgan.

The Welsh international has signed a four-year deal at Deepdale, while former Leicester defender Wayne Brown joins the Lilywhites on a free transfer.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.