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CHRIS CROSSING; Yanks tempt Waddle.

CHRIS WADDLE is ready to ask Sheffield Wednesday for a free transfer - if he gets the chance to play in America.

The former England midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and has already decided his future lies away from Hillsborough.

He turned down an pounds 850,000 move to Celtic, while Leeds and Sunderland were both scared off by the asking price.


But Wednesday would waive the fee if he went into coaching - and now the 35-year old wants the same to apply if he moved to the States.

Washington wanted him as player-coach for the new Major League Soccer's April launch and made enquiries about his availability.

All the coaching posts have now been filled, but there could still be room for him to finish his playing days as one of the League's top attractions.

"I know I probably won't get a free transfer if I move to another English club in the summer," he said.

"But if there's an offer from America, it might be different.

"I have been sounded out by the Americans, and it's something that could interest me.

"I'll consider anything that's put to me. Once we get to the end of the season, I'll look at all the options and make my mind up."

Alex Ferguson plans to make it a Happy New Lire with a pounds 5million move for AC Milan star Zvonimir Boban. The Manchester United manager, who bought pounds 7million Andy Cole a year ago this week, is ready to spend after flying to Italy on his latest spying mission.

Officially, Ferguson was the guest of FIFA for the World Player of the Year awards in Milan last night.

But on Sunday, together with assistant Brian Kidd, he watched the Italian giants hammer Sampdoria 3-0.

Boban didn't play for the very reason that could prove to be the United boss's trump card in a possible deal.

The pounds 6million Croatian midfielder is disillusioned about continually having to sit out matches because Italy still strictly applies the three foreigners' rule.

AC Milan have six imports, which adds to Boban's unrest with a club insider saying: "He's playing well but he's hampered by the rulings.

"Boban wants to be involved in every game but that's not the case at the moment. He is frustrated and would be interested if a club of Manchester United's stature came in."

The BBC's live fourth-round tie on Sunday, January 28, will be Sheffield United or Arsenal against Aston Villa. Sky TV's Monday night tie will be QPR v. Newcastle or Chelsea.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 1996
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