Yorke Hits The Big Time

Marc Purcell
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Dwight Yorke is now a Manchester United player. Published reports coming out of England state that Aston Villa has accepted the £12 million bid for Yorke. This came as Yorke stated for the record that he wanted out of Aston Villa. The rush now is to have the Tobago born striker registered in time for the Champions league and this weekend's encounter with West Ham. Yorke is scheduled to go through a physical at the Manchester United complex and a press conference has been called for 10:30am eastern time to announce the signing.

Yorke went on the record yesterday stated that he wanted out to Aston Villa Speaking in the Sun newspaper Yorke said: "I have always said the Champions' League is the type of stage I want. I spent all summer watching the World Cup, knowing I will never get there with Trinidad and Tobago. That is why I need to play at the highest club level I can. There is no point moving just to play in the Premiership. I can stay here and do that."

United chairman Martin Edwards said: "The player is on his way from Birmingham at the moment and will have talks this afternoon. We are very happy at the way things are progressing at present.''

United manager Alex Ferguson said: "We have agreed a deal with Aston Villa for Dwight Yorke at £12 million. He is on his way up here now. It has been a long drawn-out affair to be honest. It becomes quite frustrating but it seems everything is in place now and hopefully we will have him signed by 5pm.''

The fee is a record for Manchester United who have now spent over £22.5 million in transfers on just two players.

Latapy close to deal.

Aston Villa have applied for a work permit for Russell Latapy. According to a report in the Independent newspaper in Trinidad, the director of player registration for the English FA had confirmed to them that Latapy had been registered as a Villa player and that a work permit had been was currently in the works.

A report last week stated that he had signed with Villa for £5,000 per week. However, according to sources close to Latapy the asking price is expected to much higher than that. Also contradicting that report is the fact that Villa cannot sign Latapy until the work permit is approved.

Latapy is moving to Villa on a free transfer after spending his entire career in Portugal.

Trinidad and Tobago moves up.

Trinidad and Tobago has moved up in the latest FIFA world rankings. They are currently ranked 47th in the world moving up 12 places. The rise can be attributed to the recently concluded Shell/Umbro tournament. Trinidad and Tobago is ranked number two in the Caribbean and fourth in Concacaf behind Mexico(12th), USA(19th), Jamaica (27th).

John MLS player of the week.

Stern John was named MLS player of the week on Monday. This comes after his hat trick performance on Sunday. This is the third time this year that John was named player of the week. John is the first person in MLS history to score three hat tricks in a season.

To show the scoring prowless of John, three of his hat tricks have all come in the second half of home games and have been in a combined 44 minutes of play (10 minutes vs. Kansas City, 16 minutes vs. Miami and 18 minutes vs. San Jose).

In the starting lineup...

Dwight Yorke is expected to start this weekend for Manchester United. He faces compatriot Shaka Hislop at West Ham. You can hear all the action by going to the Stadium at 9:30 am on Saturday morning.

Clint Marcelle is looking for his first start when Barnsley takes on Stockport.

Over in Scotland, Tony Rougier is in good form lately and he will take his show on the road when he and Hibs face Falkrick.

Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers will face Ayr United.

Across the Atlantic, Stern John is looking for more goals when he faces Evans Wise and Tampa Bay on Saturday.

National captain David Nahkid and New England faces Los Angeles at home.

Mickey Trotman, Brain Haynes and Dallas travel to the west cost where they will face San Jose.