Motherwell FC News – March 1998
Motherwell FC News
The Sun reports that Harri Kampman is trying to sign Swedish striker Mats Lundgren on loan before tonight’s transfer deadline. The 28-year-old has played most of his career for Halmstad and also had a brief spell in Switzerland with Neuchatel Xamax. The former internationalist has been offered the chance of a longer contract if he impresses.
As we have no fixture on Saturday, Motherwell will play Partick Thistle in a friendly at Firhill on Friday night.
Swedish midfielder Stefan Lindquist has signed on loan from Gothenburg until the end of the season. The 31-year-old made his debut in the 1-0 win over Dundee United at the weekend.
The Sun reports that Motherwell are set to sign Swedish midfielder Stefan Lindquist from Gothenburg.
Scott Howie has signed for English 1st Division strugglers Reading in a £30,000 deal. Howie has been in dispute with the club all season and had been on loan to Coventry for the past two months.
Motherwell have been given the go-ahead to build a new shop and ticket office at Fir Park. The stand-alone, two storey facility will be built in Fir Park Street at the junction of the Main Stand and the Davie Cooper Stand.
Motherwell have signed ex-Raith goalkeeper Scott Thomson on loan from Hull City until the end of the season.
The game against Hearts has been moved from Saturday April 4 to Wednesday April 8.
Inter Motherwell team members please note – a training session has been arranged for 3pm on Sunday at the Matt Busby Sports Centre. A report on the recent game against Rangers is also now available.
Motherwell won’t be taking any action over the alleged spitting incident involving Rangers’ Gordan Petric at Fir Park on Saturday.
Motherwell’s scheduled fixture against Hearts on Saturday April 4 will be rearranged with the Tynecastle side playing their Scottish Cup semi-final against Falkirk that weekend. A new date is still to be fixed.
The Wishaw Press reports that Motherwell currently have a Swedish player over on trial.
Rob Newman has blasted Motherwell for not offering him a permanent deal. The club have offered him a contract until the end of the season, but Rob is looking for a permanent move. Alex McLeish may now move for the 34-year-old.
The Sun reports that Willie Falconer will quit Motherwell to join Swindon this summer. Falconer is out of contract at the end of the season and English clubs are now able to sign players over 24-years-old for nothing. Swindon boss Steve McMahon could offer him higher wages than Motherwell.
Today’s Sun reports that Rob Newman could make a shock return to Motherwell after being left out of Norwich’s game against West Brom on Saturday. Newman has a deal to the end of the season waiting for him at Fir Park. Norwich were looking for £100,000, but Rob plans to plead with them to scrap that fee.
Motherwell are reported to be interested in £100,000-rated Blackburn defender Graham Coughlan.
Tommy Coyne claims that Rangers’ defender Gordan Petric spat on him during Saturday’s game at Fir Park. The pair were booked following an off-the-ball incident in the first half.
The Daily Record reports that Harri Kampman faces a fight to hold onto French midfielder Eric Garcin. West Brom and Watford have already shown interest and former Fir Park boss Alex McLeish is also keen to take the man be brought from France to Hibs. Garcin’s contract expires at the end of the season and new boss Kampman must decide if he wants to keep him. The interested clubs will be watching him in tomorrow’s game against Rangers and that may lead to a new deal.
Zimbabwean striker Tauya Murewa, who had been training at Fir Park and played a reserve game last week, has been allowed to go.
Neil Whitworth has rejected a move to Motherwell and has instead signed for Wigan. Whitworth’s agent apparantly blocked the move because he claims members of the Fir Park coaching staff are friendly with Killie boss Bobby Williamson, who handed Whitworth a free transfer last week. Motherwell general manager Alan Dick blasted:
"I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous in all my life. No-one at Motherwell, coaching staff or otherwise, enjoys anything other than a professional relationship with Bobby Williamson. From what we were led to believe, the player seemed delighted to join us and was supposed to report to Fir Park for training at 9am. But he didn’t turn up and there wasn’t even a courtesy call from his agent to tell us why."
Motherwell are reported to be holding talks with former Kilmarnock defender Neil Whitworth, who was recently released by the Rugby Park side.
Rob Newman will play his last match for Motherwell at Dunfermline tomorrow unless the club pay Norwich £100,000. The 34-year-old’s three month loan spell ends after tomorrow’s game and Norwich manager Mike Walker has ruled out any chance of an extension. Newman will return to Carrow Road unless Motherwell buy him.
Motherwell have no injury worries for tomorrow’s match after Dougie Arnott came through a reserve match last night. The striker was crocked in the Scottish Cup tie against Rangers.
Zimbabwean international striker Tauya Murewa has been training with Motherwell and could turn out for the reserves on Thursday. Murewa, capped 24 times, could sign for Motherwell after failing to land a deal with four other Scottish clubs.
Inter Motherwell team members please note – a training session has been arranged for this coming Sunday at 2.15pm
Motherwell’s game with Dunfermline was called off at the weekend due to heavy snow in the Fife region. With both teams out of the Scottish Cup, the match has been re-arranged for this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Motherwell have offered loan star Rob Newman a contract until the end of the season, and could extend it further if he impresses new manager Harri Kampman. Newman has still to agree to the deal but will have to make his mind up before his loan spell ends next Wednesday. He intends returning to Norwich this week to find out if he is still in Mike Walker’s plans, but says he would like to stay in Scotland if he doesn’t have a future at Norwich. Hibs boss Alex McLeish is believed to be keeping tabs on Newman and could move for him if he leaves Motherwell.
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