Football: Kendall targets pounds 2.5m Cameroon midfielder

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With his England defender Andy Hinchcliffe almost certainly bound for Sheffield Wednesday, Everton's manager, Howard Kendall, wants to buy the Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe with the money from the sale.

Kendall has watched the 22-year-old Foe, who has played a leading part in Lens' successful season in the French League, and also had him assessed in the past couple of weeks and is keen on a pounds 2.5m transfer.

Everton are also giving a trial to John O'Kane, a Manchester United reserve full-back. The 23-year-old has been on loan at Bury this season.

Sunderland have completed the signing of Daniele Dichio, the former Queen's Park Rangers striker, from Sampdoria. The 23-year-old will join the squad for tomorrow's First Division game at Norwich.

The West Ham striker Samassi Abou has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his confrontation with David Elleray, the referee who sent him off against Tottenham nine days ago. Abou reacted angrily after being shown red following a clash with Spurs' Ramon Vega. The Frenchman accused Vega of diving, although there appeared to have been some contact.

Rod Wallace, put on the transfer list by the Leeds United manager, George Graham, could be on his way to Middlesbrough. Wallace was put up for sale nine days ago after Graham lost patience with the reluctance of the 28- year-old and his agent to negotiate a new contract. Boro are believed to be lining up a pounds 1.5m offer for him.

Harry Kewell, Leeds' 19-year-old striker, has been offered a new improved deal with the Elland Road club, even though the Australian international signed a four-year professional contract seven months ago.

Middlesbrough will contest any moves to make them pay for Mikkel Beck, the Danish international striker who joined them on a free transfer two years ago from Fortuna Cologne. A German court has ruled that Boro must pay pounds 1m for him.

They also seem to have a fight on their hands to keep Craig Hignett, who will be out of contract at the end of the season and has refused the offer of a new deal. Middlesbrough's manager, Bryan Robson, will try again in May to persuade the 28-year-old midfielder to stay.

Robson yesterday ended his playing career almost 13 months after the his last match. The former Manchester United and England captain said: "I have had a wonderful career. I wish I could start all over again."

The Football Association of Ireland has issued a statement reiterating its opposition to a projected move by Wimbledon to Dublin after Irish press reports last week suggested it was relaxing its stance on the issue. The press speculation followed a visit by Wimbledon's part-owner, Sam Hamman, last week to lobby various leading Irish clubs on the proposed move.

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