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Season 2003-04

Everton rebuff Radzinski bid
27 Jan, Season 03-04

Tomasz Radzinski: Not for sale

Everton today rejected a reported £1.5m bid from Blackburn Rovers for Tomasz Radzinski, insisting that the Canadian international is not for sale.

Graeme Souness' low-ball offer comes after months of speculation that Everton could be ready to cash in on Radzinski during the current transfer window in an effort to raise much-needed funds for a midfield play-maker.

However, with Wayne Rooney struggling for form this season under the weight of enormous expectation, Kevin Campbell's top-flight career winding down to bit-part roles and Francis Jeffers enduring a goal drought, Radzinski remains the Blues' most likely source of goals — Duncan Ferguson's returns from the spot notwithstanding — particularly in the league where he is the team's top scorer.

It means that with Radzinski already 30 years old, he does not represent a long-term prospect and Everton will have to make a decision this summer when they re-open contract talks with those players whose deals expire in 18 months' time. Will they offer the former Anderlecht striker a shorter-term deal to maximise their return on the £4.5m they spent on him or accept a fee similar to that offered by Blackburn for his services?

The situation is made more interesting by two other factors: firstly, both Campbell and Ferguson are out of contract in June 2005 and, secondly, Dimitry Bulykin is a possible summer transfer target once he has racked up the requisite number of appearances for his country to qualify for a work permit.

by Lyndon Lloyd


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