Football: Italians close on Everton winger
Thursday 30 January 1997
Fiorentina, who claim to have the player's agreement for the move, received a fax from Everton yesterday inviting them to settle the deal this evening. The Fiorentina managing director, Luciano Luna, who faces a race against time as the transfer market in Italy closes at midnight, said: "Kanchelskis has always been one of our objectives.
"On Monday night, we made a substantial offer to Everton. We hope to wrap everything up by 30 January, so that he can start straight away. However, we're also willing to buy him after 30 January," Luna added. "We've already agreed terms with Kanchelskis over salary and the length of the contract." The package is believed to be a basic pounds 2.5m for the four-year contract, plus bonuses.
The Everton manager, Joe Royle, splashed out pounds 5.5m to bring Kanchelskis from Manchester United two summers ago, hoping he would be the spark to ignite the club. Kanchelskis quickly won over the fans but his displays this season have been hugely disappointing.
However, the Fiorentina coach, Claudio Ranieri, has been impressed with the winger after watching recent tapes of him in action. The Italians hope that, playing alongside the Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta, Kanchelskis would give them a chance of finishing second in Serie A this season and earning a place in the expanded Champions' League.
Paul Gascoigne will be included in Glenn Hoddle's England squad to face Italy at Wembley on 12 February despite having his left ankle in plaster. The England coach held further talks with the Rangers manager, Walter Smith, yesterday and now believes Gascoigne, injured in a six-a-side tournament in Amsterdam on Monday, has a fighting chance of making the game.
"I've spoken to Glenn and told him I will be ready for the England match - there's no doubt about it," Gascoigne said last night. "Monday is vital for me, as I'll see if I'm training Tuesday or Wednesday. Hopefully next Wednesday I'll be kicking a ball."
Hoddle has seen his plans disrupted by injuries to Teddy Sheringham and Andy Hinchcliffe. David Platt is still suffering from a hamstring problem and Darren Anderton remains a perennial casualty .
On the plus side, Alan Shearer is back and set to pick up the captain's armband again - and Graeme Le Saux is set to complete his year-long battle against a serious ankle injury and regain his international place. The 28-year-old looks likely to be propelled straight into the team in the absence of Hinchcliffe, who had made the left wing-back position his own until he suffered a long-term knee ligament injury against Leeds last December.
Alex Ferguson's sick list is a big worry for Hoddle, with David Beckham struggling with an ankle injury and Gary Pallister's back still a problem. But Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp has reclaimed his Anfield place and will hope for an England call as well, though Newcastle's Rob Lee is another option.
Up front Shearer is booked for his comeback against the Italians, probably to resume his pounds 21m Tyneside partnership with Les Ferdinand. Between them they have hit 35 goals for Newcastle this season and they were up front together when Poland were beaten 2-1 at Wembley last October.
With Ian Wright back from club suspension for Arsenal, Robbie Fowler going strong for Liverpool and Matt Le Tissier still producing the goods at The Dell, Hoddle's only doubt is over the form of Everton's Nick Barmby.
David Seaman's return to fitness removes worries about the goalkeeping position, but both Ian Walker and David James have been in mixed form since the game against Georgia in Tbilisi and Hoddle will be re-examinining the claims of Tim Flowers and Nigel Martyn.
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