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Date: Sun Aug 02 19:06:03 GMT+00:00 1998
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Comment from Barry your editor:
Just in from Copenhagen I will write my own report of the game in tomorrows edition.
Atmosphere fantastic REDS took over Copenhagen.

United Cruise To Victory

United easily overcame the Danish champions Brondby by 6-0 in Copenhagen.
Teddy Sheringham opened the scoring in an impressive display, but it was
debutant Jaap Staam who caught the eye with a top class performance.

Staam was involved in the first goal when he laid the ball on for Sheringham
to lift it over the keeper.

Paul Scholes made it 2-0 four minutes before half time after good work from
Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

David Beckham made his first telling contribution on 64 minutes with an
interception which led to Andy Cole's first of the night.

It was 4-0 when Sheringham finished from 18 yards and Cole followed suit
with a double strike from six yards after a fine flowing move.

The rout was complete in injury time with Giggs supplying a cross to the far
post, whcih was met by Jordi Cruyff.

July 25  Birmingham City  (A)         result: L 3-4
     27  Valerengen (A) (Oslo)          result: D 2-2
     31  Brondby (A) (Copenhagen) result: W 6-0 
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A) (live on EuroTV: Eurosport 1900 CET)
      9  Charity Shield at Wembley
     18  Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial

This Issue:
1. Bergkamp: Kluivert Will Be Great (365)
2. Dream Debut For Stam (PA)
4. Villa Chairman Wants To Sell Yorke (365)
5. £12m  Cole Kills Off Yorke Deal (D.Mail)


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Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 11:38:50 -0400 Subject: Bergkamp: Kluivert Will Be Great (365) Saturday 01 August 1998 (Evening Edition) News 3 KLUIVERT TIPPED TO BE GREAT IN BRITAIN ‘The Premiership Is Tailor-Made For Him’ Claims Bergkamp DENNIS BERGKAMP is urging Dutch international teammate Patrick Kluivert to come and be the Premiership’s newest superstar, even though Manchester United want the 22-year-old to help them snatch the championship back from his Arsenal side. Another Holland star, defender Jaap Stam, moved to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven earlier this summer on Bergkamp’s advice. And the Highbury hero appears to have done an equally good job convincing Kluivert, who is expected to agree personal terms with Alex Ferguson this week and move to United from AC Milan in a £9m deal. Bergkamp accepts he could live to regret his persuasive abilities, though. "I think Patrick would be very successful in England,” he said. “People shouldn't look too much into his goalscoring record in Italy, because he was playing in a struggling side." Kluivert scored just six goals in 27 Serie A games after moving to Italy from Ajax on a free transfer. But Bergkamp says his international strike partner made a mistake when he chose to join the Serie A giants just as they were entering a slump, adding their problems were a major reason why he chose not to sign for them. “It was a bad move for Patrick,” he said. “He was in the position which I would have been in just after a very successful time for AC Milan. It's almost like waves, you go up and you do down again. I didn't want to go in there when they'd performed well and already had a lot of success. I could see that it was going down, so I'd rather go to a team and start at the bottom and try to build up. Unfortunately, Patrick moved and things started to go in decline.” The attack-minded Premiership will allow Kluivert to shine much brighter than he did in the defensive Italian league. “The football is much more tight in Italy. You can’t really show what you've got there,” said the 29-year-old, who struggled himself after leaving Ajax for Inter Milan. “Some moments in some games perhaps, but in England you know that in every game you'll get an opportunity to show something. "That's why Patrick will be a success in England. He has all the right attributes. His game is more suited to the Premiership. The team will create chances for him and he will score plenty of goals for them. I have no doubt he will be a huge success here. His form will return to what it was prior to him leaving Ajax, when he was regarded as one of the best young strikers in Europe. Bergkamp added: "People also forget that he is only 22 and he has a long career in front of him."
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Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 10:06:46 -0400 Subject: Dream Debut For Stam (PA) DREAM DEBUT FOR STAM Jaap Stam enjoyed a dream debut as Manchester United sent an ominous warning to their Premiership rivals with a 6-0 rout of Danish champions Brondby. Stam, at £10.75million the world's most expensive defender, gave a commanding performance and showed why Alex Ferguson splashed out so much money to sign him from PSV Eindhoven. Peter Schmeichel had to make a stunning double save from Denmark team-mate Ebbe Sand and Bo Hansen as United came under early pressure. But Stam's long ball on 33 minutes sailed over the top of the Danish champions' defence found Teddy Sheringham in space and, as the hosts appealed for offside, the England star slotted the ball past Mogens Krogh - Schmeichel's understudy in the national team. United doubled their advantage four minutes before half-time, when Paul Scholes fired home from close range and Andy Cole made it three on 64 minutes. Sheringham then grabbed his second 19 minutes from time before Cole, too, grabbed a brace in the 83rd minute when he took advantage of a fine pass from Scholes. And United completed the rout in stoppage time when Ryan Giggs raced down the left and supplied an inviting cross which substitute Jordi Cruyff swept home. © PA Sporting Life
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Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 11:02:00 -0400 Subject: (365) KLUIVERT BOUND FOR UNITED KLUIVERT BOUND FOR UNITED MILAN AND MAN U AGREE FEE FOR DUTCH STAR Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert is poised to sign for Manchester United after it was announced today that AC Milan had accepted the club’s £9million bid for the unsettled World Cup star. But United chairman Martin Edwards insisted the offer did not mean they had given up on trying to sign Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa. Edwards said: ''It doesn't mean our interest in Dwight Yorke has dropped because it hasn't. ''We can be a bit more relaxed about the Yorke situation now.'' United have been waiting for Kluivert to return from holiday in the Caribbean to arrange a meeting with him. Kluivert was due back today and will meet United officials to discuss personal terms. The Reds would have to complete the deal before Saturday for the former Ajax striker to be eligible for next month's Champions' League qualifier against LKS Lodz. But that may not be such a worry for United boss Alex Ferguson, and he will be more concerned with the August 20th deadline for registering players for the group stages. Villa rejected United's first bid of £8million for Yorke, demanding £16million for the Trinidad and Tobago star. The midlanders' boss John Gregory is determined to hold on to Yorke but may be persuaded if Andy Cole were offered as part of any deal. Meanwhile, United were relieved to hear that midfielder Roy Keane is unlikely to face disciplinary action after admitting to a long list of footballing crimes in a magazine advertising campaign. The fiery Irishman, advertising Snickers chocolate bars, confesses to a priest about how he has kicked and punched opponents and sworn at referees. Keane, who has just returned after 10 months out with a cruciate ligament injury, claimed recently that his wild days are over. But Football Association spokesman Steve Double implied there will be no tough punishment for Keane from the English game's governing body - as has been suggested in the press - when he said: "It's humour and we treat it as such."
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 11:38:36 -0400 Subject: Villa Chairman Wants To Sell Yorke (365) VILLA CHIEFS AT ODDS OVER YORKE ASTON VILLA chairman Doug Ellis and manager John Gregory are on a collision course over striker Dwight Yorke. Ellis is reportedly ready to intervene in the player’s on-going transfer saga following a £12m offer from Manchester United. He could even attempt to force the deal through against the wishes of Gregory, who has hinted he would consider his own position if the matter was taken out of his hands. The Villa boss, who initially slapped a massive £16m price on Yorke’s head, insists any deal would have to send United frontman Andy Cole - the top flight’s leading scorer last season - to Birmingham, something Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson has dismissed out of hand. What worries Ellis is that Gregory’s stubborn stance could leave the club millions of pounds out of pocket. If Yorke isn’t sold, and doesn’t sign a new contract with Villa, he’ ll be a free agent next summer and could join United - or anyone else - on a free transfer. The two men were expected to meet either yesterday or today to discuss United’s improved offer. Ellis, possibly under pressure from the club’s plc board, wants the situation resolved before the season starts in a fortnight and is expected to tell Gregory that the £12m is acceptable to the Villa board and makes sound business sense. Recent developments at Nottingham Forest, where Holland striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk was handed in a transfer request, could decide Yorke’s future. Gregory watched the big Dutchman in action during this summer’s World Cup and, at one time, considered a swap deal that would have seen Villa Park misfit Stan Collymore return to his former club. With Van Hooijdonk expected to be sold for around £7m, Villa would still have £5m in the bank if they accepted United’s latest offer for Yorke.
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Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 11:39:03 -0400 Subject: £12m Cole Kills Off Yorke Deal (D.Mail) Fergie's £12m Cole tag kills Yorke deal By Bob Cass Sunday, August 2, 1998 Aston Villa pulled the plug on Dwight Yorke's move to Old Trafford because Alex Ferguson slapped an astonishing £12million valuation on Andy Cole. Villa boss John Gregory had delivered a Cole-or-nothing ultimatum to Manchester United as he tried to negotiate a player-plus-cash deal for his star striker. The price tag Ferguson placed on 26-year-old Cole, who joined United from Newcastle in a £7m deal three-and-a-half years ago, effectively killed off the deal. But Gregory hinted yesterday that it might yet be revived, saying: 'If you're asking me do I expect the issue to be finished now, then I would have to say no.' Ferguson is now believed to be concentrating his efforts on closing the £9m signing of Holland striker Patrick Kluivert from AC Milan, a deal exclusively revealed in the Mail on Sunday two weeks ago. Kluivert will have talks with United officials in the next few days and is expected to become a United player before the new season kicks off in a fortnight's time. AC Milan dismissed Kluivert's claim that he now wants to stay at the Italian club as 'nothing more than a money game'. Ariedo Braida, the Italian club's sporting director, will see Kluivert in Holland on Monday to emphasise that his career in Serie A is over. AC Milan are even willing to pay Kluivert a 'signing-off' fee to send him on his way. They will tell the Dutch striker to modify his pay demands when negotiating with United or face a season on the sidelines in Italy. Ferguson's loyalty to Cole is based on a strike record that makes the Nottingham-born forward one of the most prolific scorers in United's post-War history. Incredibly, he achieved the rare distinction of topping the lists at two clubs in the same season after his record-breaking move from Tyneside in January 1995. In spite of intermittent spells on the sidelines through injury, he still managed to become the first player since Brian McClair to break the 20-goal-a-season barrier and his goals per game ratio compares favourably with any previous United player. Cole has refused to be either drawn into or affected by the transfer speculation. He is happy to stand by Ferguson's public assurances that his future is at Old Trafford. Yorke might have to wait at least another season to fulfil his ambition to join United. At the moment, with two years of his current contract to run, Villa can afford to remain resolute about him staying in the Midlands. But the situation will change dramatically in another 12 months. Yorke is unlikely to sign a new deal which means he could move for nothing under the Bosman Ruling in the year 2000. It is a scenario that Villa chairman Doug Ellis, in particular, may not be prepared to accept.
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