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Super Mario deal hitch

Aug 14 2007

by Alan Oliver, Evening Chronicle


SAM Allardyce has hit a double snag in his bid to land Paris St Germain defender Mario Yepes.


The United boss has identified Yepes – nicknamed Super Mario – as the additional defender he would like to bring in before the transfer window slams shut again in 17 days time.


A move for Yepes would see the 31-year-old link up with his former PSG team-mate David Rozehnal.


However, the United boss wants to sign Yepes on a free transfer, while the French outfit value him at 2m.


And Yepes is not keen on doing what Cacapa did – coming to Tyneside so that Big Sam’s medical team can run the rule over him.


It would not be the end of the world if United did not get another central defender in, with Steven Taylor and Rozehnal looking OK together and with Cacapa and Peter Ramage waiting for their chance.


And Allardyce knows that he is in pole position as far as top Brazilian defender Edmilson is concerned after flying out to Barcelona to talk to him while he recovers from a knee injury.


Meanwhile, Preston North End want to take Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll on loan – and they will probably get their wish in the next couple of days.


More than 20 clubs want the 19-year-old Carroll, including just about every team in the Championship.


Sam Allardyce knows that he has a strong strike force, with his five main men being Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith, although the latter is equally at home in midfield.


The Chronicle reported last week that Sheffield Wednesday wanted Carroll (right) and that Allardyce was saying because his young striker was unlikely to figure in the Premiership that much this season he was likely to let him out on loan.


Big Sam has looked closely at the clubs wanting Carroll and will be happy to let him go to play under Paul Simpson at Deepdale, probably on a six-month loan deal.


And the United boss hopes to finalise the transfer of Albert Luque to Levante in the next couple of days. I understand that the only thing holding up the deal is United are looking at the financial side for the striker who cost them £10m exactly two years ago.


Allardyce left both Carroll and Nobby Solano out of last night’s work-out at Blue Star because of interest from other clubs in them.


But while Carroll’s short-term future looks like it is being sorted out, Solano is still waiting to hear about his and it’s ironic that West Ham hold th key to both him and Kieron Dyer.


To add to the irony, Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is ready to switch from Dyer to Derby County’s Giles Barnes, who, like Joey Barton, will be out until the middle of next month with a fractured metatarsal.


I'd almost forgot about Edmilson

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Yepes mustn't feel confident in passing a thorough medical. If he didn't think anything would be wrong, then he'd be full of confidence to come over here and let us run the rule over him. Something's amiss there.


Not necessarily, more likely to have an attitude where he feels he doesn't have to prove himself to us and we should be grateful that he'd even consider us.

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