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Williams And Whelan Transfer Speculation

Noel Whelan, Coventry City FCUnsettled players Paul Williams and Noel Whelan were linked to other clubs today but Coventry City’s manager Gordon Strachan has quashed the rumour and speculation.

It was reported that Everton were waiting in the wings to snatch Williams when his contract expires in the summer, while West Ham United were said to be keen on transfer-listed Whelan.

But Strachan said that he had not had any contact with either club.

Williams has rejected Coventry’s final offer of a new deal and he will be able to walk away on a free transfer under the Bosman Ruling when his contract expires in June.

Everton are said to be looking for a centreback to link up with the Scottish veteran Richard Gough whose current partner Dave Watson is to retire at the end of the season.

Williams hails from Staffordshire and would not be averse to moving to Merseyside, but his agents will be advising him to sit back and wait for any offers to come in. Under the Bosman Ruling out of contract players can pocket huge signing-on fees, because their new clubs do not have to pay the usual transfer fees.

Coventry are actively trying to unload Whelan now that he too has rejected their offer. His case differs from Williams’ because he has fifteen months to run. But having told the club he has no intention of re-signing they have to sell him to recoup some money, before he too walks away on a free.

Meanwhile Portsmouth are rumoured to want to take back John Aloisi, but the speculation was not taken too seriously by Coventry City, because the Australian striker has been out injured for five months and this week suffered a setback which will delay his return.

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