Criminal bid fails

Last updated : 12 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

"There was interest on our part but we were told in no uncertain terms that Bowyer was heading south," he said.

"He was a good player available for nothing at the end of the year and we knew Leeds would take small money. But we were also told he was only heading one way.

"Bowyer's off-field problems wouldn't have stopped me signing him. It didn't stop Birmingham, Sunderland or West Ham going for him.

"But Howard (Wilkinson) couldn't change his mind. And if he couldn't, no-one could."