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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Lyn optimistic over Obi transfer
John Mikel Obi
Obi has claimed he was forced to sign his deal with United
Norwegian club Lyn Oslo expect the uncertainty over Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi's move to Manchester United to be resolved next month.

Obi will become a United player in January if the transfer is ratified by Fifa's dispute resolution chamber.

The 18-year-old claims he was put under pressure to sign for United, and says he wants to join Chelsea instead.

"We've gone about things in the right way and have nothing to be ashamed of," said Lyn's Morgan Andersen.

Obi, who won the Silver Ball at the World Youth Championship in Holland, signed for Manchester United on 29 April.

But the deal was thrown into doubt when the player said he had been pressured into signing a deal reportedly worth 4m, allegations which both United and Lyn have strenuously denied.

Obi absconded from Lyn in May but returned to the club at the start of September after Fifa said he had to "immediately resume duties with Lyn Oslo FC".

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill met Lyn football director Andersen in Oslo on Monday to finalise a joint submission which must be handed to Fifa by 30 September.

"Mr Ferguson and David Gill came here for discussions on the best way to prepare our case, just as I flew out to Manchester for the same thing last week," said Andersen.

"Hopefully the case will be resolved by the end of October and, while you can never make predictions in situations like these, our conscience is clear and we feel we have a moral point."

Ferguson told newspaper Verdens Gang on Monday: "We have an agreement with Lyn Oslo, have followed John Mikel Obi for three years and still want him to come to Manchester United."


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