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Last updated : 07 January 2003 By Michael Morris
The only two names in the frame recently have hardly been mentioned in the last week or so.

Bjorne Helga Riise, a right midfielder, was reportedly in a tug of war battle between Cardiff and Man City. He was in Cardiff for talks before going back to Man City where a deal was supposedly being prepared for him to join the Permiership outfit.

Man City though have reported that no deal was reached. Kevin Keegan told Man City's official website

"The transfer deal for Bjorn was not done. The deal is in the balance and it is nothing to do with the player. It is to do with the fact that if we get one or two more players in then I just cannot afford to take too many players. I have had to put that deal on the back burner and if he goes somewhere else, then he goes somewhere else."

Since then nothing has been heard about the younger brother of Liverpool's Jan Arne Riise.

Gary Doherty of Spurs was the other player linked. Cardiff said they were in talks but the player denied any knowledge of City's interest.

"I've not heard a thing from Cardiff. The gaffer hasn't said anything and I haven't heard from anyone else. I want to get back in the team. I'm a Tottenham player and I want to do well for Tottenham. That is my main objective, to get back in the frame and start playing well again." Dohery told the Spurs official website.

Doherty, an Irish international, came on as a sub in Spurs' FA Cup humiliation at Southampton on the weekend and also played a full 90 mins and scored a goal for Spurs reserves in a 2 - 0 win over Wimbledon last night.