Late Hitch Hits Liverpool's Bid to Land Kewell

By Hughes, Matt | The Evening Standard (London, England), July 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

Late Hitch Hits Liverpool's Bid to Land Kewell


Hughes, Matt, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: MATT HUGHES

HARRY KEWELL has cancelled plans to announce his [pounds sterling]7million move from Leeds to Liverpool after a late hitch in the deal.

The midfielder has recorded an interview with Australian broadcasters Channel Nine announcing his transfer, which was due to be aired later today.

But a Channel Nine spokesman said: "We have done an interview with Harry, but are not running it tonight. There has been an 11th-hour hitch between the two clubs and I don't think it is a signed and sealed deal yet.

"You can appreciate that, with the time difference, we don't have the green light yet."

This latest development could add another twist to the longest-running transfer saga of the summer, which has been even more tortuous than David Beckham's move to Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Australian has attracted interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and more recently Chelsea, but Liverpool's willingness to pay in cash and meet his [pounds sterling]60,000a-week wage demands had thought to have tipped the balance in their favour.

Arsenal were offering only playerexchange deals while Kewell did not want to risk the wrath of Leeds fans by joining their arch-rivals Manchester United.

Liverpool are still confident the deal will be completed in time for Kewell to join them on their preseason tour of Switzerland that starts on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard, who is set to link up with his Liverpool team-mates on the trip this week, today criticised the "madness" of England's international schedule which has meant only a brief break from playing.

Gerrard, who was part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad that played friendlies against South Africa and Serbia-Montenegro and a Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at the end of a tiring season, told Football365: "I've not had as much time off as I would have liked because of England. …

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