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.
Latest in Sport
Kevin Garside: Manchester United may have history and tradition but, as David Moyes never realised, a big-time manager always bends such things to his will
Louis van Gaal denies problem with Wilfried Zaha despite Manchester United forward being given no game time
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
Arsenal transfer news: Versatile Calum Chambers is a 'gamble', admits Arsene Wenger as Arsenal spending passes £50m
Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali confirmed as champion as he puts Italy back on the map with triumph
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’
- 5 The Simpsons Family Guy trailer: First look at crossover episode after Comic-Con debut
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
£45000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits package: Clearwater People Solu...
£21000 - £23000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Copywriter - London As a Copywrite...
£15 - £18 per hour: Randstad Education Nottingham: As a result of our successf...
£15 - £18 per hour: Randstad Education Nottingham: Randstad Education are succ...