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So long, little Sam

Filed: Tuesday, 21st August 2012
By: Staff Writer

Sam Baldock has completed a permanent transfer to Championship club Bristol City.

The former MK Dons striker spent just one season at the Boleyn Ground having moved to East London in a 2million deal last autumn.

Despite scoring more goals than any other first team striker during pre-season, the 23-year-old was deemed surplus to requirments by Sam Allardyce.

And it was confirmed tonight that he has completed his move to the South West club.

KUMB.com exclusively revealed last month that West Ham had accepted City's offer for the young forward; the deal is thought to be worth in the region of 1.5million plus add-ons, depending on certain clauses being met.

Having started his career at West Ham in promising fashion - Baldock scored five times in his first nine appearances for the club having joined in September - the goals dried up and the former number seven failed to find the back of the net after November of last year.

That lack of goals - plus the arrival of players such as Ricardo Vaz Te and Modibo Maiga - left Baldock well down the pecking order at Upton Park and it was therefore no surprise that the club decided to cash in ahead of the transfer deadline in ten days' time.

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by Mike Tonkin
08:56AM 22nd Aug 2012
''Tidy player who will score plenty of goals in the Championship. Could be the one that got away... All the best Small Sam. ''

by Keith Holland
08:03PM 21st Aug 2012
''I guess Big Sam knows his business, but this strikes me as a really awful misjudgement. Everything about Sam Baldock - skill level, pace, attitude, seemed to mark him out as a natural West Ham player. From the start he appeared to have a good future with our club. Hugely disappointed.''

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