Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala leave Shrewsbury Town for Ipswich
Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan have left Shrewsbury Town to be reunited with old Salop chief Paul Hurst at Ipswich Town.
Centre-half Nsiala and playmaker Nolan have made the step up to the Championship for a combined fee of around £2million.
The fee could rise through appearance-based bonuses, while Town have also inserted sell-on clauses for the pair.
Salop chief executive Brian Caldwell is glad to have got the deal, which has been on the cards for a while, done and dusted – for the right price.
"I think we all wanted it done and I am pleased they met our valuation eventually," he said.
"It has been rumbling on, it wasn’t a great week last week with the transfer requests but that wasn’t going to change my mind on the valuations of the players.
"They have met our valuation with add-ons on top of that, on games played, and sell-on fees as well.
“Over the weekend we came to an agreement with Ipswich, on the Sunday. They met our valuation but yesterday we were arguing over the sell-on percentages, which we have achieved as well.
"I’m glad we stood firm. As I said from day one we didn’t need to sell and we didn’t need the money but I think from everybody’s point of view we need to move on.
“We weren’t going to sell players on the cheap that we didn’t need to and we got the money we wanted and got the sell on that we wanted."
Nsiala and Nolan were both key players as Town reached the League One play-off final and the Checkatrade Trophy final last season.
Salop boss John Askey is disappointed to lose them but, under the circumstances, feels letting them leave was the right call.
"I’m disappointed, really. It is a shame that they had to go but we didn’t have any choice," he said.
“When you have got two players who want to go elsewhere then as long as the money is right there isn’t a lot we can do.
“I would have liked to have them in the team, they’re good players at this level and you don’t want to lose your best players."