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Tuesday, 21 November, 2000, 17:28 GMT
Hartson move collapses
John Hartson
John Hartson: No move to Charlton
John Hartson's proposed move from Wimbledon to Charlton Athletic is off after talks collapsed on Tuesday.

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley had wanted the Welsh international to come to The Valley on an initial loan period.

Newspaper reports have suggested that the Wimbledon striker would cost the Addicks 4m, with Kevin Lisbie moving in the opposite direction as part of the transfer package.

The notion of Hartson arriving only came about after Dons' boss Terry Burton enquired about the availability of Lisbie.

"Terry asked after young Kevin and I told him we had lots of injury problems with our strikers.

Kevin Lisbie
Lisbie: Proposal of a move to Wimbledon
"I said if you want Kevin I will take John. Obviously they have to sell John to get someone in."

"There are other people, like agents, involved but I'm a bit surprised this has come out - I haven't even mentioned it to Kevin.

Barnett revealed that preliminary talks and a medical had taken place but Curbishley remained tight-lipped.

"I do not know what the medical situation is with John, I am not privy to that sort of information."

Hartson has previously failed medicals at both Tottenham and Rangers.

"It must have been hard for John to have been so close to two really big moves and for them to have been scuppered by medicals," Curbishley said.

"I should imagine there are lots of players running around with similar injuries and it depends on the severity and everything else that goes with that, we will have to wait and see.

"To say that we are about to spend 5m or 6m and pay out some large amount in wages is a bit far off the mark at the moment," the Addicks boss added after seeing his club record a 2-0 win over Chelsea.

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