We need to sell more players, says Venables

LEEDS: Leeds United manager Terry Venables has said he needs to sell more players before he can strengthen his squad at Elland Road. 

Venables has trimmed the premier league club’s wage bill this week with the departures of Lee Bowyer and Olivier Dacourt, but there is continued speculation that striker Robbie Fowler could be the next to leave. 

“We still need to bring money in,” Venables told reporters on Friday. 

England striker Fowler has been strongly linked with a move to Maine Road, with some newspaper reports suggesting that a £7 million fee has been agreed. 

“Earlier in the week it looked like something may happen and then it just took a dive and we forgot about and then it just raised its head again yesterday,” Venables said. 

“But as of now nothing’s happened and he’ll be with us tomorrow and we’ll see. “It’s either going to go away or will come to something and then we’ll have to make a decision.” 

Leeds, who played at Manchester City yesterday, could also lose Nigel Martyn in his search for first-team football, while midfielder Seth Johnson has been linked with Middlesbrough and defender Michael Duberry has interested Birmingham City. 

Birmingham winger Stan Lazaridis, a player highly rated by Venables, could move the other way if the Duberry deal is pursued, but Venables has poured cold water on an imminent bid to sign Roma’s experienced Spanish midfielder Josep Guardiola. 

“I have not pursued anything along those lines,” he said. 

Dacourt’s loan move to AS Roma could bring in around 5 million pounds if it becomes permanent at the end of the season, but Leeds received less than £500,000 for Bowyer from West Ham United. 

Bowyer had indicated that he would leave for nothing when his contract expired, although Venables admitted he would have liked the 26-year-old to have signed a new deal with Leeds. 

“From my point of view he’s been excellent in his training and everything he’s done,” Venables said. “One or two silly things have occurred but overall he’s been fine and I was hoping he would decide to stay. – Reuters 

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