Birmingham City's hopes of having Mikael Forssell with them next season became more uncertain yesterday when Everton, who are chasing the Chelsea striker, refused to comment on claims that the player had had complications with his medical.
Forssell undertook the medical on Saturday after breaking off from international duty with Finland.
He missed most of last season with knee ligament problems while initially on loan to Blues. He joined up with Finland, as they prepare for a World Cup clash with Holland tomorrow, with the potential £6 million deal unresolved.
Forssell was fit enough to be a substitute for Chelsea in their failed Champions' League semi-final second leg at Liverpool at the end of the season, and will figure prominently for Finland tomorrow. Whether he has recovered fully enough from his serious injury to pass a stringent medical is open to question.
Everton, who say they have not dropped out of the race to sign Chelsea's Scott Parker, hope to continue negotiations after the midweek internationals, with suggestions that there could be a modified deal on the table.
Meanwhile, Birmingham striker Clinton Morrison believes the return of Roy Keane will have the Republic of Ireland back on the World Cup track after the "anger, disappointment and frustration" they suffered against Israel on Saturday.
Those are the feelings still prevalent in the Irish camp following the bitterness of the 2-2 Lansdowne Road draw with the Israelis.
Morrison said: "Having Roy Keane back in the team for Wednesday can lift the lads and keep us going because he is a big player."
Ireland might not have had much luck against the Israelis, and been faced with a Greek referee in Kyros Vassaras whose handling of the match primarily led to the fed-up feelings Morrison has described, but they cannot help believe they were hard done by.
Morrison said: "There was anger, disappointment and frustration at giving away the two goals. They were silly goals because all week we had been working on set pieces, so to give away a goal from a set piece was disappointing, and then the goalkeeper made save after save and we should have had a penalty in the last minute."
Aston Villa's Liam Ridgewell was part of the England Under-20 team which secured their place in the last four of the Toulon tournament with an impressive 3-0 win over South Korea.
With coach Peter Taylor opting for an attacking lineup against defensivelyminded Korea, England's opponents had plenty of chances to score.
But it was Taylor's team who made the most of their opportunities and his policy paid immediate dividends with Liam Rosenior scoring a sixth-minute opener before Greg Halford and Nigel Reo-Coker completed the scoring.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have rejected an improved Sunderland offer for wantaway striker Kenny Miller. Miller,
aged 25, who is with the Scotland squad preparing for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier in Belarus, was placed on Wolves' transfer list at his own request last summer.
He was the subject of an initial seven-figure Sunderland bid last week but Wolves knocked back the Wearsiders while indicating an improved offer would be needed for Miller, who has a season to run on his contract.
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "We received a second offer but it fell way short of our valuation of the player. The manager would be keen to keep Kenny for next season and unless a suitable bid is received, we are happy for him to stay and play for us next term."