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YOU'RE THE JAN TO CHEER UP RON; Coventry bid for Molby.

RON ATKINSON is ready to throw big Jan Molby a shock Premiership life-line.

Coventry head a queue of clubs interested in signing up the long-serving Liverpool midfielder, who is available on a free transfer.

Molby, 32, is due to have talks with Atkinson this week over personal terms and he's hoping to land an 18-month contract worth around pounds 500,000 to help the Sky Blues out of relegation trouble.

It could mean a return to the top flight nearly a year after his last Premiership appearance - ironically against Coventry.

Demands

Molby, dogged by injury problems in recent season, proved his fitness and form during a month's loan spell with Norwich - scoring a spectacular goal in the Canaries' Coca-Cola Cup quarter-final defeat at Birmingham last week.

That prompted Blues boss Barry Fry to move for him at the weekend. But he couldn't meet the Dane's demands.

Molby said: "I'd like to think I can still do a job in the Premiership. There are a few clubs interested and I've got an open mind."

He has six months left on his Anfield contract but boss Roy Evans is happy to release him early in recognition of his service and to help reduce Liverpool's pounds 10million annual wage bill.

Evans, who has already off-loaded Nigel Clough and Mark Walters this month, said: "There are several clubs interested in Jan and he's free to talk to them. It's entirely up to him where he goes."

Transfer

Meanwhile, Liverpool still have had no takers for give-away star Paul Stewart.

The pounds 2.3m midfielder, who has not played a first team game for the Mersey club for over two years, was handed a free transfer a month ago but there's been no lasting interest.

It's the final humiliation for the former Spurs ace who'll see out the remaining six months of his pounds 5,000-a-week contract then leave in the summer when his home-town club Blackpool could sign him.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Tanner, Richard
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 1, 1996
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