Bradford back in for Wanchope

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Friday, 4th August 2000

Bradford City have made an eleventh hour bid to hijack Paulo Wanchope's proposed move to Manchester City - despite Bantams chairman Geoffrey Richmond's belief that Wanchope will opt for Maine Road.

Bradford stepped into the fray earlier today with a bid to match that of Manchester City's for the Costa Rican striker. Wanchope met Man.City officials yesterday, and today held talks with Bantams chiefs.

The 24 year old striker has told both clubs he will consider both options over the weekend, and make a decision by Monday.

But despite Bradford's interest, which we revealed last Sunday, Bantams chairman Geoffrey Richmond remains pessimistic about the Yorkshire clubs chances of signing the gangly hitman.

"My gut feeling is that our chances are something less than 50-50" Richmond said earlier today. "The reason being that there is every possibility he will decide to join what is perceived to be a bigger club. We have been told he will make his mind up on Monday.

"I've spoken with Paulo over the telephone and he seems to be a very charming young man" he added, " but I have no indication whatsoever as to which way he will decide.

"It's always very difficult looking into a crystal ball, but if the answer is yes then I will obviously be extremely delighted, and if the answer is no then we will look elsewhere.

"Paulo is a proven Premiership player and fits all the criterion we are looking for in a striker."

Man.City boss Joe Royle remained upbeat despite Bradford's late intervention. "We have agreed the deal with West Ham and we think we are very close to a deal with Paulo" he said this afternoon. "We think we have been close to that deal for three days. It has just been a strange deal and the way it has been conducted, but we remain hopeful and indeed optimistic."

What is certain, in a deal full of uncertainties, is that Wanchope's days at Upton Park are definitely over.

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