Gurpegi agrees Athletic deal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 24-year-old will put pen-to-paper on the extension in the next few days which will see him contracted to the Basque club until June 2008.
The new deal will see the player's release fee rise to some é¼25 million (£16 million).
Gurpegi has endured a traumatic 18 months after testing positive for nandrolone in December 2002, and was forced to launch a prolonged battle to clear his name.
The midfielder, who was initially hit with a two-year ban, eventually saw the ban lifted and will be delighted by the faith now placed in him by Athletic.