Foxes Deny Interest

Wednesday, 5 December 2001, 0:01
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Sidibe trained with his Swansea City team-mates at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel today after talks with Oakwell boss Steve Parkin collapsed yesterday.

The 21-year-old’s return to Wales would seem to open the way for raids from the other clubs linked with Sidibe by Swansea chairman Tony Petty.

But after signing targetman Brian Deane from Middlesbrough last week for under £100,000, Leicester manager Dave Bassett has rejected talk of a move for Swansea’s top scorer.

“I have heard of Sidibe but that’s about it. We have got no interest,” said the former Wimbledon boss.

Stockport are in the market for a striker as they fight to move off the foot of the table. But new Edgeley Park boss Carlton Palmer has limited funds available to spend on new players particularly after Kevin Ellison arrived from Leicester for £50,000 last week.

Sidibe’s agent returned to France last night, suggesting that no transfer is imminent.

The 6ft 4in frontman’s move to Barnsley may still be rekindled, though.

“I spoke to the lad and had a good chat with him, but we are going to watch two or three strikers this week,” explained Parkin, who saw Sidibe at Vetch Field when was manager of Rochdale earlier this season. “We still want to bring one in but we have to make sure it is the right one.”

According to Barnsley chairman John Dennis, no deal was struck yesterday because of a disagreement over personal terms and a conflict between Sidibe and Swansea.

Middlesbrough and Queen’s Park Rangers have also been linked with the six-goal centre-forward.

Meanwhile, tickets for Saturday’s FA Cup second round meeting with Macclesfield at Moss Rose will only be available on the turnstiles.

Swansea have been allocated a 1,500-capacity terrace and 400 seats, with a special family ticket priced £14 for one adult and one child plus £3 for each other child.

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.
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