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Cardiff owner Sam Hammam
"If he chooses to play for Jamaica, the deal will fall through"
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Friday, 15 December, 2000, 17:11 GMT
Gordon deal depends on Jamaica
Gavin Gordon: Looks to be on the way to Cardiff
Gavin Gordon: Looks to be on the way to Cardiff
Cardiff City will complete the club-record signing of striker Gavin Gordon only if he agrees not to take up his international qualification for Jamaica.

Lincoln City have agreed to sell the player in a 550,000 deal, which is dependent upon appearances, Cardiff's promotion and includes sell-on clauses.

Personal terms and medical conditions have been finalised, but Cardiff owner Sam Hammam is insisting on the international restriction.

"If he chooses to play for Jamaica, the deal will fall through," said Hammam.

"I only sign players who can play for a European country.

"I will never sign a players who can play for Asia, Australia, America, the Far East or Africa."

Disruptive

Hammam believes that players who play for countries outside Europe can disappear for a month or six weeks during the season.

Sam Hammam
Hammam: Jamaican ultimatum
He highlighted the situation at Arsenal where Kanu had missed several games in order to represent Nigeria.

"If Jamaica call him (Gordon) up we'll end up having a player who will miss between 14 or 15 games - which means about a third of a season.

"It's very disruptive, it simply doesn't make any sense," he added.

Surprise

Gordon joined Lincoln back in 1997 from Hull and the 21-year-old has scored 30 goals in 99 appearances, including two against Cardiff last month.

The move for another striker could be seen as something of a surprise by Cardiff.

They recently broke the club's transfer record in buying striker Leo Fortune West from Rotherham for 300,000.

Teenage front-man Robert Earnshaw has been in electric form and Paul Brayson - a free signing in the summer - has also been hitting the mark.

Cardiff even put in an audacious 1.2m bid for Brighton's teenage forward Bobby Zamora - this has been rejected.

With Kevin Nugent injured, though, Cardiff lack a big man as cover up front should anything happen to Fortune West.

The transfer news is another sign of the club's ambition under owner Sam Hammam, coming soon after renewed talk of a move from Ninian Park.

Hammam has been quoted as saying that the club need another three or four players to fulfil their initial plans.

A new goalkeeper forms part of these plans, with a move for Scotland's Under-21 player Jamie Langfield looking likely.

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