Buyers frightened off overpriced Ricketts

Kevin Rogers
Thursday 30 January 2003 01:00
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The Bolton striker Michael Ricketts could miss out on moves to Tottenham or Middlesbrough as both clubs have backed away from his £5m valuation. The Boro manager, Steve McClaren, is also continuing talks with Derby County about signing the striker Malcolm Christie and the central defender Chris Riggott.

Tim Sherwood has joined the First Division leaders, Portsmouth, from Tottenham until the season's end. Sherwood's arrival ends a long chase for the midfielder, who was out of favour at White Hart Lane.

Sergei Rebrov ended his Tottenham nightmare yesterday by signing an 18-month loan deal with Fenerbahce. The 28-year-old, who passed a medical on Sunday, could join the Turkish club permanently at the end of the loan period.

Chelsea's Finnish striker Mikael Forssell will join German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach on a four-month loan if he passes a medical. The 21-year-old scored on his reserve-team return against Charlton on Tuesday after a knee operation.

The Leeds striker Mark Viduka has appealed to the Football Association against his dismissal during Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Gillingham. The Australian was sent off for violent conduct after a collision with Andy Hessenthaler which left the Gills' player-manager flat out.

The FA has written to the Sheffield United manager, Neil Warnock, and Stéphane Henchoz in the wake of spitting allegations against the Liverpool defender after United's defeat in the Worthington Cup semi-final at Anfield. The Blades manager had to be restrained as he shouted at Henchoz, who claims he spat on the ground, not at Warnock.

Birmingham City's Darren Purse, who had aimed to return at Bolton on Saturday after missing seven games due to an ankle operation, has undergone more surgery after developing an infection.

Ryan Giggs has had his goal tally reduced to 107 by Uefa. His 66th-minute strike in Manchester United's 4-0 Champions' League win over Olympiakos in October is to go down as a Georgios Anatolakis own goal.

* Eight out of 10 football fans believe that salaries should be capped to stop finances spiralling out of control, according to a survey. The results of the Football Fans' Census revealed that of 1,267 supporters representing 108 clubs, 80 per cent felt there should be a limit on wages, while nine out of 10 believed this would be the most effective method of tackling financial worries in the game.

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