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New Swede On The Transfer Block

Coventry City are being linked by with Swedish international Anders Svensson, but have had another offer for Rangers winger Neil McCann rejected.

Anders SvenssonSvensson, who plays for Elfsborg, has been in excellent form this season and has scored several cracking goals.

Last year he won an award for scoring the goal of the year and he won his fourth cap for his country this week in a friendly against Iceland.

His club have confirmed that Coventry City have been showing an interest in the player, but have not confirmed if an offer has been made.

It is believed that a clause in his contract means he will be available at a knock-down price – possibly as little as £500,000.

Svensson himself has told Swedish journalists that he hasn’t heard about a move, but will try and find out if anything is being planned.

He said that he was interested in a move to Coventry, but would want to hear what role Gordon Strachan had in mind for him before he signed.

Svensson could be a more practical option than signing any of Rangers’ wingers.

Chairman David Murray, who was very publicly criticised by Gordon Strachan over the on-off Jorg Albertz deal, has revealed that he has turned down another offer for Neil McCann.

The Sky Blues initially bid £3 million but have upped this to £5 million.

Murray told the Scottish Daily Express:

"I did not respond to Coventry's latest offer because, as far as both myself and manager Dick Advocaat are concerned, the position with McCann is very clear - we are not interested in selling him.

"We see the player as an important member of the squad who will be needed for both the domestic and Champions League campaigns this season.

"We hope that this is now the end of the matter."

Criag BellamyMeanwhile new signing Craig Bellamy has revealed that he was on the verge of agreeing terms with another Premiership club when Coventry stepped in to snap him up.

He said that the way Robbie Keane developed under Gordon Strachan had influenced his decision to Highfield Road, but he wants to be seen as being his own man, and not just Keane’s replacement.

For his part, Strachan has revealed that Wales boss Mark Hughes urged him to sign Bellamy as he has tremendous potential.

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