SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Hedman Future Uncertain
Magnus Hedman could yet join his
former Coventry team-mate Chris Kirkland on Merseyside.
while the 20 year old Leicestershire youngster signed for
Liverpool for a British record £9 million, Hedman has been
strongly linked with Everton.
The two keepers shared a changing
room at Coventry, but they would be enemies in the fiercely
partisan soccer world that is Liverpool.
Coventry's chairman Bryan
Richardson says he now wants to keep Hedman, who during the
summer was linked with Monaco, West Ham United, Everton and now
The player will not comment on
the situation. It was clear that when he finally lost his first
team place at Coventry to Kirkland, his agents immediately put
out the word around the continent of Europe that he was
available for transfer.
The Swede was understandably
alarmed that his international place would be jeopardised if he
was confined to reserve team football, so a move was clearly
World filtered out that Hedman
preferred to stay in English football, which is when West Ham
United and Everton came in the frame.
Everton were at the forefront and
at one stage appeared ready to pay £3 million, but it all
depended on the sale of the midfield player Michael Ball to
That deal stuttered for a while,
but Ball has now joined Rangers for a £5 million fee and
Everton's manager Walter Smith is believed to be lobbying his
board of directors to release some of the money for transfers.
Meanwhile the cause of Hedman's
unrest at Coventry has been removed with Kirkland's departure
and the Swede finds himself unchallenged again as No.1
The question is whether he will
be content to play First Division football rather than be in the
Premier League spotlight. There is a school of thought that
Coventry will still unload him and then buy in a new keeper for
£1 or £2 million, leaving them with a £10 million profit on
the sale of Kirkland and Hedman.
In fact it is rumoured today that
Coventry are interested in Bradford City's out of favour keeper
City also currently have former
Scotland goalie Andy Goram on loan. Strachan might now move to
make that a permanent arrangement.