Coleman still hopeful
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman is still looking to seal deals for Alexei Smertin and Wayne Routledge.
Chris Coleman admits he is still looking to seal deals for Alexei Smertin and Wayne Routledge.
The club are locked in talks wtih both Dinamo Moscow and Spurs over each player - but Coleman does not appear too confident on either front.
Skysports.com revealed that Fulham were leading the chase for the Russian ace - but Coleman says that Smertin's club Dinamo Moscow are not being as helpful as they could be.
"I had talks with Smertin and his representatives but we are no closer now than we were," said Coleman.
"His Russian club have thrown a few spanners in the works so I'm not banking on it."
Coleman also reiterated his desire to land Routledge on a permanent deal from Tottenham.
"He is a player we want to sign but it has got to be the right price. It will not be a panic signing because we are in January," he added.
"I will not have Tottenham pulling my pants down over the fee. They are at one price, we are at another.
"We want to keep Wayne, he has done well for us. Wayne wants to stay. He wants to play first team football and he will get that here."
Coleman admits he is very disappointed at the prospect of losing Routledge - who has spent the first half of the season on loan at Craven Cottage.
"But Tottenham always had the call after January and at the moment it looks like he's going back this month," he said.
"If they are going to take him back and play him, that is fair enough.
"But I'd be disappointed if they take him back and he's not in the squad. What's the point of that?"