The race is on for Stern John. This time you can throw English Premiership club side Watford in the mix. According to reports coming out of Trinidad, the newly promoted club has put in a bid of £1.3 million for John. The transfer fee is a record for the club.
This comes on the heals of a £1.5 million bid from first division club Nottingham Forrest. John last week was scouted by Forrest manager David Platt. John is also being pursued by teams in Germany.
However, the Columbus Crew seem unwilling to give John up until the end of the season. The MLS is said to have placed a US$ 2 million price tag on John. The MLS holds all contracts of players in the league and it is up to them to accept or reject the bid for John.
Watford has tried to acquire Trinidad and Tobago talent before. Two years ago Jerren Nixon had all but signed on the dotted line for a transfer from FC Zurich. However, he suffered a injury that made the deal fall through the cracks.
Ince gets work permit.
Clayton Ince finally has what he wanted. He got his work permit from the British Home Office earlier this week. This move clears the way for Ince to join Crewe FC in the English First division.
The fee is reported to be in the region of £ 50,000 to be paid to local club Defense Force. This is the second tine that Ince has applied for the British work permit. While at Wrexham his application was denied and his move to the Welsh based club squashed. This time around he acquired his permit due to a relaxing of restrictions by the Home Office. They have dropped the requirement that the player is among the top earners at his new club. Also, Trinidad and Tobago's position in the Fifa World Rankings also contributed to his application being approved.
Clayton Ince, the cousin of former England captain Paul Ince, is the top local goal keeper and has over 60 caps for the national team. He becomes the second goalie from Trinidad to play in England. He joins Shaka Hislop at West Ham in the English Premiership.
Yorke wins national award
Dwight Yorke's play in last season's English Premiership is still continuing to bring in the awards. This time he has been awarded the Chaconia Gold medal at the independence day ceremonies four days ago.
Yorke had previously won the Humming Bird medal back in 1993. Last season Yorke was the leading goal scorer in England last year and helped propel Manchester United to the triple crown of the European Cup, FA Cup and the League title. Because of his play he was named Carling "Player of the Season."