Robert and Dyer staying put

Last updated : 29 December 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Rumours had been rife of a £8.5million move to Inter for Robert and a £15million move to Juventus or AC Milan for Dyer, but reports in the Evening Chronicle and Sunday Mirror suggest that the club has issued a hands off warning to potential suitors.

However the Evening Chronicle did claim that the club would welcome bids of around £10million for Robert, who has failed to re-produce his form of last season.

Despite reports that the pair are staying put the press already has us lining up replacements in the form of Lee Bowyer and Trevor Sinclair.

Sir Bobby is a long time admirer of Sinclair, who could fill Robert’s position on the left, but the West Ham man has also failed to produce his best form this season – despite an excellent World Cup.

The Bowyer rumour is more puzzling as most managers would be put off by his reputation and the fact that he seems certain to face a lengthy ban from European football, after his stamp on Gerardo of Malaga as Leeds crashed out of Europe.

But The People claim that Sir Bobby believes he can handle the wayward midfielder and coax his best performances out of him.

Much as I dislike Bowyer the thought of him putting in the kind of performances that took Leeds to the semi-finals of the European Cup two years ago for Newcastle is appealing.

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