Football: Platt hires Italians as Goldbaek balks
Tuesday 03 August 1999
Platt has agreed a pounds 2.4m deal with Perugia for the pair and has struck deals with the players over personal terms. "We're very lucky to have got two players of such experience who are prepared to drop down from Serie A," said Platt. "That underlines our ambition."
The central defender Metrecano, aged 29, and the 30-year-old midfielder Petrachi will be joined at the City Ground by Sampdoria's veteran defender Moreno Mannini, 36, who is also about to join Forest on a free transfer.
Platt had agreed a pounds 1.5m fee with Chelsea for 31-year-old Goldbaek but the player turned the move down. It was reported Goldbaek had demanded too much money but Platt insisted that "family reasons were the deciding factor and we're happy to respect that".
Meanwhile, Forest's chief executive, Phil Soar, will be the next departure from the First Division club after Irving Scholar and Julian Markham also resigned as directors recently.
The millionaire businessman Nigel Doughty, who last week bought a controlling interest in the club, said : "Phil has already signalled he wants to leave as chief executive, and we hope to make an appointment shortly."
Mark Arthur, the chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, is the favourite to replace Soar.
Latest in Sport
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and secure Champions League football next season
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger reveals: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players'
Danny Jones: Keighley Cougars half-back dies after cardiac arrest during league game
Chelsea season player ratings: Grading the entire squad of the new Premier League champions
Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision - but Pacquiao thinks he should have won, saying 'he did nothing'
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...