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DEADLINE DAY: CHOPRA LINKED

Walsall Football Club are being linked with a move for 31-year-old former Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Sunderland, and Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra.
Walsall Football Club are being linked with a move for 31-year-old former Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Sunderland, and Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra.

Newcastle-born Chopra spent thirteen years with his boyhood club, having joined them in 1993. He went on to sign pro-terms and made his first-team debut in 2000.

During his time with the Magpies he had spells on loan with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley.

In June 2006 Michael joined Cardiff City for £500,000 after turning down a new one-year contract at Newcastle in the process.

Michael had a successful first season with the club, ending up with 22 goals from 42 appearances.

In 13 July 2007, newly promoted Premier League side Sunderland agreed a deal worth up to £5 million, activating a release clause, signing him to a four-year contract.

A return to Cardiff soon followed as he failed to settle in the North East, with Chopra joining on-loan before a permanent deal followed in the summer of 2009.

His goals fired the Bluebirds to the 2010 play-off final in, which they lost to Blackpool, but he was soon on the move again signing for Ipswich Town in the summer of 2011.

Although he enjoyed a successful first season at Portman Road his goals dried up second time around and a move to Blackpool followed before signing for Indian side Kerala Blasters last year.

Crawley Town are also said to be interested in acquiring his signature.

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