Football: Hotline: United: Bellion Chase Is Still On

The People (London, England), January 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

Football: Hotline: United: Bellion Chase Is Still On


Byline: Steve BATES

DAVID BELLION could still become a Manchester United player this week despite Sunderland's insistence that the deal is dead.

Struggling Sunderland risk losing more than pounds 1million if they continue to block United's attempts to sign the exciting French striker, who is out of contract in the summer - a deal first revealed in The SP.

I understand that if Bellion decides to return to a French club at the end of the season Sunderland could recoup as little as pounds 100,000 because the 21-year-old star would be moving between countries.And if he does end up at Old Trafford in the summer a tribunal is likely to set a fee of only around pounds 300,000.

The compensation system is designed to safeguard clubs who have invested years of time and resources in developing a player.

Bellion, however, has been at the Stadium of Light only two years after former boss Peter Reid snapped him up on a free transfer from Cannes.

Also, based on the small number of games Bellion has played for Sunderland allied to the fact he's on relatively low wages means the Wearsiders have little claim to a huge fee from any buying club. …

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