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Wednesday, 20 December, 2000, 11:41 GMT
Abbey striking changes
Zema Abbey
Abbey scored five goals in an 18 match United career
Cambridge United decided to cash in on striker Zema Abbey because they feared he would walk away for nothing in the summer.

The 23-year-old moved to Norwich City, who had been trailing Abbey for the majority of the season, in a three-and-a-half year deal for 350,000.

United's club secretary Andrew Pincher said: "We were conscious that he would be a free agent in the summer and the transfer was in the best interests of the club.

"It is not the outcome we would have liked as we would have preferred Zema to extend his contract with us."

The striker rejected the club's overtures at the start of the season and the money from his sale will be available to U's manager Roy McFarland in his search for a replacement.

McFarland's prime target is Stoke City's Paul Connor who has spent the last two months at the Abbey Stadium on loan.

"I am opening up negotiations with Stoke," he said.

"It is too early to see what their response will be, but I am hopeful. I have other irons in the fire, but Paul Connor is my first target."

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28 Sep 00 |  Cambridge Utd
Abbey offered Abbey contract
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