Football: Charlton pursue pay-out

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CHARLTON ARE demanding a record compensation pay-out following the alleged poaching of the England Under-16 striker Jermaine Defoe by West Ham.

A Premier League tribunal meets tomorrow and Charlton's chief executive, Peter Varney, wants a sum in keeping with the youngster's talent.

He said: "Arsenal paid Notts County pounds 2m for young Jermaine Pennant. We will be looking for something significantly in excess of that. We spend over pounds 500,000 on our youth academy each year but we have to question this level of investment if a bigger club can lure our best young player away."

Jim Smith, the Derby County manager, will attend the hearing regarding Georgi Kinkladze's work permit today. Smith, together with Derby's chief executive, Keith Loring, and their secretary, Keith Pearson, will meet the Department for Education and Employment's three-man Football Appeals Review Panel in Sheffield. Kinkladze, the Georgian midfielder who was outstanding for three years at Manchester City, does not meet the necessary requirements because of a lack of international appearances, so the club have gone straight to the appeals committee.

Thailand's national captain, Kaitisak Senamuang, became the first player from his country to sign for an English club when he completed his move to First Division Huddersfield Town yesterday. The 23-year-old striker, nicknamed "Zico" after the Brazilian legend, has agreed an 18-month contract.

Robbie Fowler completed the full 90 minutes of his second comeback match for Liverpool's second string last night, scoring a hat-trick in the 6- 2 FA Premier Reserve League win at Barnsley.

Fowler also netted last week in his first game since ankle surgery, a 4-0 success against Sunderland's reserves.

The 24-year-old England striker has not played in the Premiership since he limped out of the Merseyside derby defeat at home to Everton on 27 September. He has missed 11 of Liverpool's last 12 matches but could have put himself in contention for a senior comeback at West Ham on Saturday.

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