DUDEK TALKS BUT WRIGHT LOOKS LIKELY
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
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Reports in the England suggest The Gunners are continuing to pursue their interest in Ipswich`s Richard Wright, but at the same time it seems that Feyenoord and Arsenal are preparing to sit back down around the negotiating table.
Van Herik confirmed that Arsenal vice-president David Dein had been in touch.
"Although Arsenal didn't inform me about the exact content of the upcoming talks, I expect that we will continue negotiating with that sum as a starting-point at the beginning of next week," van Herik said.
The Feyenoord supremo explained that if the Pole does not move to Arsenal then he may very well take legal acttion.
"This matter must be solved and the only way it can be solved is by Dudek joining Arsenal. They broke their agreement to sign Dudek and left us with a frustrated player. If Dein doesn't come up with a satisfactory explanation, we may sue.
"Dein is a senior football official and he knows how transfers should be conducted. We allowed Dudek to travel to London to meet coach Arsene Wenger but then discovered he had been offered a five-year contract before Arsenal had concluded their talks with Feyenoord."
Van Herik claims that Arsenal did not have permission to negotiate a deal with Dudek, but merely to talk and this would be the basis for any legal action being taken against the London club, but Dein is hoping that he can smooth things over by talking to the Dutch giants.
The Eredivisie club's chairman also said that the Dudek affair has soured his relations with Arsenal forever, and if they were to come in for Australian midfielder Brett Emerton, who had been linked in recent weeks, then he would refuse to sell him or any other player to The Gunners.
"Whatever happens, Arsenal will never again be able to come to my door to sign a player," Van Herik said. "If they come for Emerton, he is not for sale now, and never will be for sale to Arsenal.
"I have a dossier on this matter big enough for me to take legal action against Arsenal."
On the Wright front, his agent Jonathan Barnett has reiterated his belief that his client will move to Highbury and a move for the 23-year-old could be completed before the end of the week.
"The transfer had not hit snags. David Dein and I are just completing negotiations," said Barnett.
"It could not be brought to a conclusion earlier because Richard has been away on holiday.
"Richard has had part of his medical and that will hopefully be finalised very soon.
"In the meantime, talks continue and, hopefully, I can bring them to a suitable conclusion before much longer.
"The discussions with David Dein are very amicable and I don't envisage too many problems.
"Richard is naturally sad to be on the verge of leaving an Ipswich club where he has had a wonderful time, but he is looking forward to this new chapter in his career at Arsenal."