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Last updated : 23 March 2003 By Michael Morris

Hammam sets his sights on £10m swoop at Wimbledon

CARDIFF CITY owner Sam Hammam is poised to raid his old club Wimbledon this summer and sign up SEVEN players in a £10m spending spree.

The wealthy Lebanese businessman and his manager, Lennie Lawrence, have been running the rule over the Nationwide Division One side's top talent.

Hammam sold the Dons for £28m after a 23-year association with the club.

But now he is returning on a mission to bolster his squad for next season - when he hopes City will be playing alongside the London club in the First Division.

Top of the hit list are the Dons' exciting international stars Joel McAnuff, who plays for Jamaica, and the Republic of Ireland front-man David Connolly.
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Earnie strike brings Cardiff dream closer

LENNIE Lawrence predicts his Cardiff City team need 12 points from their last eight matches to clinch automatic promotion to the First Division.

The Bluebirds are on 73 points following successive home wins against Blackpool (2-1) and Mansfield Town (1-0) - 10 more than they had achieved at the same point last season.

"We'll be flat out to win every one of our last eight games and, if we do, maybe we'll even win the title," said Lawrence. "But we need 75 points to make sure we are in the play-offs and at least 85 points to get second spot.

"That, of course, is down to how Crewe Alexandra fare during the rest of the season. But I would be bitterly disappointed if we needed more than 90, which looked possible at one stage this season. If that happens we are capable of achieving that, but my gut feeling is that 85 will be extremely close to clinching runner's-up spot."
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