Earnie transfer to be probed

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City say they are happy with the way the transfer of Robert Earnshaw was handled after the Welsh international's name appeared in a report on the Premier League's bung-busting inquiry.

CHRIS LAKEY

Norwich City say they are happy with the way the transfer of Robert Earnshaw was handled after the Welsh international's name appeared in a report on the Premier League's bung-busting inquiry.

A national newspaper said West Brom had invited the Quest team, headed by Lord Stevens, to look at four transfers, including Earnshaw's £3m move from Cardiff City to The Hawthorns in August, 2004.

The striker subsequently moved to Norwich in the January transfer window for £3.5m.


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According to a report in a national newspaper yesterday, West Brom are not suggesting that any of the players involved in the four transfers, nor any of their officials, are implicated in deals over which they have concerns.

And Canaries chief executive Neil Doncaster yesterday said he was happy with the way Earnshaw's move to Norwich was dealt with.

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“Norwich City is entirely comfortable with the way Robert's transfer from West Brom to ourselves was handled,” said Doncaster.

The Quest team's visit to West Brom next week will be the last of 26 - with the 20 clubs that made up the Premiership last season plus the six teams that have been relegated during the two year span covered by the probe - which includes Norwich.

The investigation team are ready to present an interim report of their findings to the Premier League on June 8 - just 24 hours before the World Cup kicks off in Germany.

And the Daily Express claims that Lord Stevens will tell Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore that 60 out of the 362 Premiership transfers under their scrutiny are believed to be dodgy. Of those, 20 big-money deals may have involved bungs to either agents, managers, players or even directors.

Quest's investigation was to determine whether the information held by the clubs corresponded with the information about the transfers filed with the Football Association and the Premier League.

The interview process at each club was likely to involve chairmen, chief executives and managers, with Quest then analysing all deals which looked suspicious.

Quest's visits were conducted on a region-by-region basis, and were believed to have included a trip to Norwich some time between May 2 and May 5, with the final visits to the Midlands and North-East yesterday.

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