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Monday, 7 January, 2002, 12:55 GMT
Carew deal collapses
Fulham were thought to have agreed a 7.5m deal for John Carew
Valencia have denied Carew is not fully fit
Valencia striker John Carew's transfer to Fulham has fallen through, after the London club said the player had failed his medical.

Fulham were understood to be close to completing the 7.5m signing of the 22-year-old Norwegian striker following talks over the weekend.

Carew had returned to Spain and was expected to hold a news conference to confirm the completion of his transfer.

Carew has not suffered an injury that may have damaged his fitness
Valencia statement
But following his medical Fulham have called the deal off.

"The transfer of John Carew will not be proceeded with, following the results of a medical," said a Fulham statement.

Officials from Valencia held last-minute talks with representatives from Fulham at chairman Mohamed al Fayed's Harrods department store, but a deal could not be resolved.

However, Valencia have refused to renegotiate the deal, claiming Carew is fully fit.

A statement from Valencia confirmed: "Valencia refuse to accept any modification to the agreement and therefore the player will train with Valencia on Tuesday.

"Valencia's medical director Jorge Candel wants to assure that the striker is in perfect condition to play football, and more so because he is a player who has a lot of physical strength and has never missed training.

John Carew was seen to be the answer to Jean Tigana's goalscoring problems
Jean Tigana is looking for an answer to his goalscoring problems
"He has not suffered an injury that may have damaged his fitness."

Fulham boss Jean Tigana moved quickly to sign Carew when it became obvious the 6ft 5in striker had fallen out of favour with new Valencia coach Rafael Benitez.

Carew was a regular for Valencia last season, scoring 11 goals in La Liga and playing in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Prior to agreeing a fee with Valencia, Fulham were reported to have been in the hunt for Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke.

Carew became the most expensive Norwegian player when he signed for Valencia from Rosenborg Trondheim for about 5.5m in 2000.

After a slow start at Valencia, he won over his critics with an excellent performance and a goal in a 5-1 win over Las Palmas at the end of September 2000.

But this season he has fallen behind Juan Sanchez and Salva Ballesta at the Mestalla.

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