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By Tim Dudding

Albion have pulled off a massive coup by landing Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage on a month's loan.

The former Leicester City, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers star - who has won 39 caps for Wales - is due to link up with his new team-mates for training on Thursday morning.

The initial loan deal will run up to and including the home match against Millwall on 1st November, three days before Derby are due to visit Withdean in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Albion boss Micky Adams - who worked with the midfielder at Leicester - is thrilled to have lured the 33-year-old to the south coast.

Adams said, "We're delighted to have Robbie here. It means we have even more competition for places in the side.

"He is a terrific character on and off the pitch and having worked with him before, I know the sort of quality he'll add to the team."

Chairman Dick Knight finalised the terms of the loan - which sees Derby contribute a substantial part of Savage's wages - this morning, and is grateful to Rams' chairman Adam Pearson for facilitating the move.

Knight said, "I would like to thank both Paul Jewell and Adam Pearson for helping us to bring Robbie to the Albion.

"He is a vastly experienced and charismatic player, and I'm sure Albion fans will be excited to see him wear the shirt."

Meanwhile, Wes Fogden is to sign for Dorchester Town on a free transfer.

Adams added, "Wes came to see me this week and said he wanted to play regular first team football, and that Dorchester were offering him just that.

"We wish him well because he's a first class professional."

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