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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Football News 01/04/04

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posted on Apr, 1 2004 @ 02:35 PM
Andy Cole's agent has admitted the striker could be on his way out of Ewood Park in the summer after Fulham were linked to the Blackburn striker. Cole has reportedly had an uneasy relationship with Rovers boss Graeme Souness over the past few months and the former England star has been linked with a summer switch to the Cottagers.

Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker has been left to reflect on the reality that injuries to other players may now be his only chance of winning a place at the Euro 2004 finals.Parker, who had missed out on the previous England squad for the friendly in Portugal, was recalled ahead of last night's game in Sweden.However, his involvement was restricted to a late run out as a substitute, replacing Nicky Butt with just 13 minutes left.With Eriksson now having effectively decided on his leading eight midfielders, Parker and Jermaine Jenas must realistically depend on other players suffering injuries if they are to make the final squad.

Middlesbrough striker Joseph Desire Job is urging the club to make him an offer he cannot refuse as he attempts to thrash out a new deal.The 26-year-old Cameroon international has revived his career at the Riverside Stadium this season and was one of the club's scorers in their Carling Cup final victory over Saturday's Barclaycard Premiership opponents Bolton in February. However, Job, who has seven goals so far this season just one fewer than leading scorer Juninho is out of contract at the end of the season and is currently in talks over his future.

PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel will reportedly have talks with three clubs in the coming weeks about a summer move, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.The Holland international is said to be a target of Premiership outfit Tottenham and German duo Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund with a potential transfer likely to cost around six million euros.

Alan Smith accused Leeds of rolling over and lacking fight too often this season as he confirmed that he would reluctantly leave his hometown club if they are relegated from the Premiership.However, Smith declared his intention to guide Leeds to safety and, while he knows his future lies in the hands of the new owners, he is hoping to stay with the club in the top flight next season.

Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been cleared of violent conduct by the Football Association.The FA's disciplinary commission viewed video evidence of an incident involving the Dutch striker during the FA Cup fourth round tie against Scarborough on January 24.Hasselbaink appeared to elbow Scarborough defender Mark Hotte as both players lay on the ground following a tackle during the game, which Chelsea won 1-0 with a goal from John Terry.The FA decided to act after referee Barry Knight missed the incident - but at a disciplinary commission hearing, the case was found to be not proven.

Injured centre-half Daniel van Buyten wants to sign a long-term deal with Manchester City.The Belgian international was ruled out for the season after suffering knee damage in the 2-1 defeat at Leeds on March 22.It was widely expected to be van Buyten's final game in City colours as his loan spell with Marseille ends when the current campaign comes to a close in May.Blues boss Kevin Keegan, still absent from his club's Carrington training ground as he recovers from an injection into his back, has already highlighted the problems cash-strapped City may have in securing van Buyten on a permanent deal.The 26-year-old though has enjoyed his stint in the Premiership and is keen to stay with City providing the right deal can be agreed.

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