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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 06:38 GMT 07:38 UK
Basement bargain hunt
By John May

BBC Bargain Hunt's David Dickinson
Here's a man who knows a bargain when he sees one
David Dickinson would be licking his lips at the prospect of taking part in the biggest football Bargain Hunt in history.

Pick up your chequebook and head for the Elland Road, Molineux and Walkers Stadium salerooms.

In among the tat, there are plenty of bobby dazzlers.

And who knows, a bit of hard-nosed negotiating and you could pick them up as cheap as chips.

So you are a Premiership manager, money is no object, what is the best team you could buy from the three relegated teams?

GOALKEEPER

Leeds keeper Paul Robinson

Leeds' Paul Robinson has already been snapped up by Tottenham for 1.5m. But let's not forget Wolves have been without the promising Matt Murray for most of the season, and he might be worth a punt.

DEFENDERS

At first glance, there would be few you might want to take, but there are still some quality defenders who could be contemplating facing Division One strikers next season.

Leeds defender Dominic Matteo
Leeds defender Danny Mills

Danny Mills is probably the best right-back on offer, while on the other flank, Wolves' Lee Naylor looks the best bet for left-back.

Wolves defender Lee Naylor
Wolves defender Joleon Lescott

In the middle Dominic Matteo is one of the few Leeds defenders to have performed consistently, while a fit Joleon Lescott might have stiffened Wolves up at the back.

Matt Heath has probably been the pick of the Foxes defenders this season and if you are looking for one for the future, you could do a lot worse than nick Leeds' Matthew Kilgallon.

MIDFIELD
Plenty to choose from here, apparently. Perhaps the pick would be Leciester's Muzzy Izzet, who certainly will not fancy another spell in Division One.

Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet
Leicester's Paul Dickov

Seth Johnson cost Leeds 7m but has been a major disappointment at Elland Road and even allowing for injuries, did not come up with the goods when Leeds needed him to.

Leicester midfielder Jordan Stewart
Leeds midfielder Eirik Bakke

A fully fit Eirik Bakke might have made a difference to Leeds' season and he would fit in to many Premiership midfields.

If Izzet and Bakke are the engine room, who would you have to work the flanks?

Paul Dickov would do you a good job as an attacking player, giving you a flexibility to switch from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3.

On the other flank, Leicester's Jordan Stewart is the sort who would attract your interest ahead of somebody like, say, Wolves' Mark Kennedy who somehow always flatters to decieve.

STRIKERS

With money no object, you would want Leeds pair Alan Smith and Mark Viduka.

Leeds striker Mark Viduka
Leeds striker Alan Smith

Viduka's attitude might be questionable at times, but he is still a quality player, and does form a good partnership with Smith.

Of the others? Wolves Henri Camara is the sort you would like to bring off the bench.

SUBSTITUTES

You can pad the bench with quality, especially with young players for the future.

Wolves' Mark Clyde would provide good defensive cover, as would Leeds promising central defender Matthew Kilgallon.

You could probably also find space on your bench for Leeds James Milner, while Wolves' Matt Murray would be your reserve keeper.

As for strikers a fit Carl Cort is of Premiership quality, while Henri Camara has shown he can score goals in the top flight.



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