Football: Rocastle's move to Leeds leaves room for Thomas
Thursday 23 July 1992
Rocastle's position at Highbury had been weakened by the arrival of the Dane, John Jensen, and the growing possibility of Thomas donning the Arsenal red. With Gordon Strachan increasingly sidelined by injury and Trevor Steven, who Leeds had hoped to sign, caught up in Marseille politics, Rocastle, another right-sided player, was an obvious target for Howard Wilkinson, who is currently building a side capable of competing in the European Cup. With new Uefa restrictions on 'foreigners', good English midfielders are at a premium.
Rocastle flew to Dublin yesterday where Leeds are on tour. After talks with Wilkinson, the 25-year-old Londoner said: 'I will not be putting pen to paper until tomorrow as first of all I must go through the routine medical examination.' Rocastle, wearing a Leeds tracksuit, watched the English champions beat their League of Ireland counterparts, Shelbourne, 4-1 at Tolka Park last night. With two goals from Rod Wallace, and one each from Gary McAllister and Lee Chapman, Leeds ran out comfortable winners.
Thomas, Rocastle's expected replacement at Arsenal, has long interested George Graham. The Arsenal manager had tried before to sign the 27-year-old former Rochdale and Crewe Alexandra player and renewed his offensive yesterday. 'Our midfield is an area we are looking to strengthen,' Graham said. 'If we can get Geoff it will be a big boost.' Ron Noades, the Palace chairman, insisted that Thomas would 'stay a Crystal Palace player', but if he does go for the same price Graham paid Palace for Ian Wright it would see the sort of inflationary jump which would terrify the Treasury. Thomas's previous two moves were: free transfer, pounds 50,000.
Tottenham Hotspur are determined to hold on to their England midfielder, Paul Stewart. Terry Venables, the club's chief executive, admitted yesterday Stewart has been tempted to return north to be with his family, but that they hoped to keep him at White Hart Lane. 'There is a problem with Paul and his family,' Venables said. 'It's not that big a problem and it may be resolved.' If the problem proves insuperable, both Manchester City and United would be interested in bringing Stewart back to his home town. Vinny Samways, Stewart's midfield colleague, has been taken off the transfer list at his own request.
The bargaining continues in the Alan Shearer saga, with Blackburn Rovers offering David Speedie as part of the package to prise the England striker away from Southampton. The attraction to the Saints manager, Ian Branfoot, is the prospect of Speedie teaming up with his old hunting partner, Kerry Dixon, newly installed at The Dell. Shearer is mulling over Blackburn's terms after six hours of talks with Kenny Dalglish. Shearer's agent, the ubiquitous Mel Stein, said: 'As far as I am aware the clubs have agreed terms. It is now up to Alan.'
Chelsea, where the Dixon-Speedie axis was so successful, are rivalling Aston Villa for the signature of Ray Houghton, the Liverpool midfielder. 'We have agreed terms with Liverpool,' Chelsea's managing director, Colin Hutchinson, said. 'We haven't yet talked to the player - we hope to organise that over the next few days.' Villa have also agreed a fee in the region of pounds 900,000 for the Republic of Ireland international.
The former Liverpool midfielder, Jimmy Case, who since leaving Anfield has been working his way along the south coast from Brighton to Southampton to Bournemouth, has decided to head north and join Halifax as player- coach.
Latest in Sport
The muddy truth of the Christmas Truce game
Alexis Sanchez video: Turns out the Arsenal forward is brilliant at playing the piano too
Burnley forward George Boyd has sympathy for Brendan Rodgers - because he struggled with Liverpool on Football Manager
James Milner lives up to 'boring' tag in brilliant Manchester City Christmas video
Sir Alex Ferguson on Jose Mourinho: 'He's good looking, speaks five languages, wins everything - it's unfair'
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...
£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...
Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...