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City Target Rodrigues

Coventry City have switched targets and are now trying urgently to sign the Paris St Germain striker Bruno Rodrigues.

The 26 year old Frenchman who scored against Juventus and AC Milan in pre-season, has been watched several times by Coventry’s euroscout Ray Clarke, and Coventry are ready to meet the 3.5 million fee demanded by Paris St Germain.

They have switched their attentions across the channel after being thwarted in their bid to sign Lee Hughes, the West Bromwich Albion striker.

Coventry manager Gordon Strachan has ten million pounds to spend – as soon as possible.

The Scotsman needs a proven goal scorer before Coventry’s season suffers irreparable damage.

Their record speaks for itself; two matches, no points, no goals.

"We are playing well up to twenty five yards out and then we are toothless," says Strachan.

He says:

"We are talking to two clubs and the hope is we can bring in two players, an experienced striker and a younger player who might be needed as the season progresses."

If no signing is made then former Portsmouth striker John Aloisi is expected to make his first start of the season at Wimbledon tomorow.

"John almost played at Leicester on Wednesday," says Strachan. "Noel Whelan had a back spasm ten minutes before the game and we had John warming up throughout the match in case Noel had to come off.

"John has been working hard in training but at present has just not looked ready to step into the side yet," reported Strachan.

Wimbledon will present a difficult and different test says Strachan.

"It will be not so much a thinking game but a physical one. We have to be brave and play our own game when we have the ball."

But the manager ruled out using giant Bosnian centreback Mo Konjic as a target man.

"We are short of bodies at present but I don’t think we shall use Mo as a striker. That would be too horrific to contemplate," joked the manager.

Strachan has been left with a depleted squad, particularly as the reliable midfielder Trond Soltvedt was sold to Southampton in a 300,000 deal on Thursday.

"I did not want Trond to leave. He had the biggest heart in the club and he was a first team regular for me over two years. But I could not guarantee him a place and he wants first team football."

If Whelan is fit Strachan is expected to field the same starting line up at Wimbledon as at Leicester and John Aloisi is on standby to take over up front.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 13 Aug 99

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