Date: 4th September 2008 at 10:39am
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Ivory Coast centre back Sol Bamba joined SPL ‘big side` Hibernian in a cut price deadline day deal but insisted afterwards that he`s “very disappointed” not to be joining Watford.

The giant defender told The Scotsman “I was very disappointed when I came back from China and Watford said that they were not going to take me. But that is all behind me now and I am just looking forward to getting started with Hibs”.

And ex-Pars teammate Stephen Glass, who notched up 60 appearances for Watford after joining from Newcastle some 7 years ago, reckons that Hibs have grabbed themselves a bargain – proved by the fact that the Hornets were so so close to signing the big stopper

The former Scottish International stated “I don`t know what happened [with Watford] but it appeared pretty much a done deal before Sol went to China. But even the fact it even got so far down the line a club which has aspirations to return to the Premier League down there shows Hibs are getting a quality player”.

With Hibs snapping up Sol for £50k (some £50k less than Watford were quoted to have offered), it appears then that both Bamba and the Dunfermline moneymen have lost out on this one.