Town rivals future is in doubt

THE future of Wimbledon is looking increasingly uncertain after another club refused to ground-share with the club who are in administration, writes Derek Davis.

THE future of Wimbledon is looking increasingly uncertain after another club refused to ground-share with the club who are in administration, writes Derek Davis.

The club, spurned by the vast majority of its own fans, had asked Watford if they could use Vicarage Road after plans to play at the National Hockey Centre at Milton Keynes fell through last week.

Wimbledon initially said they would play all their fixtures at Selhurst Park but Crystal Palace said no agreement was in place for them to carry on renting from them, especially as more than £1m was outstanding.

The Football League are becoming increasingly concerned that Wimbledon will not be able to fulfil their fixtures for the forthcoming season.

Ipswich are due to entertain the homeless club on August 20 and play away on March 27.

Meanwhile, a number of Town's Division One rivals have moved to strengthen their squads.

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Norwich City are close to agreeing a three-year deal with Jim Brennan, who is available on a Bosman free after rejecting a new contract at Nottingham Forest.

Reading, who the Blues entertain on the opening day of the season, have agreed a fee with Wimbledon administrators for David Connolly, one half of the division's most prolific partnership alongside Neil Shipperley.

Alan Pardew is looking to boost his squad after reaching the play-offs last season and is also seriously pursuing winger Scott Murray, but Bristol City have twice rejected bids.

And after the initial interest for Paul Devlin cooled, he may have more luck in persuading Liverpool to allow Richie Partridge to leave after the midfielder spent much of last season on loan at Coventry City.

And the Reading boss is keen on bringing in a new centre-half with talks ongoing with a couple of players.

Coventry have nine free transfer-listed players they can't shift with Youssef Chippo returning early from a loan stint with Qatar cup-winners Al Sadd.

Rotherham's Ronnie Moore appears to be unpreturped by the £50,000 price tag Pompey have slapped on midfielder Richard Hughes.

And former Ipswich boss George Burley is staying true to form by refusing to discuss speculation that Derby are chasing Liverpool's bright young star Neil Mellor for a possible loan move.

Burnley have signed keeper Brian Jensen from West Brom but are still on the lookout for a new centre-half after Joe Royle whisked Drissa Diallo away from Stan Ternent's side.

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