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Fulham manager Coleman is irate over loss of Reyna to Manchester City.

Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman thought he had made a deal to have Claudio Reyna play for him at Fulham.
-- Fulham web site photo --

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Monday, September 1, 2003) -- Fulham manager Chris Coleman is furious about United States midfielder Claudio Reyna's transfer from Sunderland to Manchester City. Coleman thought he had a deal for the U.S. men's captain.

"Claudio was with us yesterday, having his photo taken in a Fulham jersey," a visibly angry Coleman told reporters Thursday. "I was even discussing with him what training schedule we would have for him today and he was going to take part tomorrow in some capacity."

Sunderland, relegated to England's First Division, had agreed on a transfer fee Fulham, but a last-minute snag arose between Reyna and the Premier League club on a contract. City, also of the EPL, offered Sunderland the same $3.9 million transfer fee and Reyna was suddenly the property of Manchester.

"As far as I was concerned yesterday he was a Fulham player," Coleman said. "Then, two hours later, I take a phone call saying there was a snag in the deal. Four hours later, he was a Man. City player. I am bitterly disappointed by the whole incident.

"As a club, we did everything correctly. We agreed a fee with Sunderland and we settled Claudio's contract, but somebody moved the goalposts at the last minute, and it wasn't us. It's not as if I can go back to my chairman and ask for more money for the player. We agreed everything and right at the last minute it fell through. I'm disappointed with everyone involved in the deal."

Reyna passed his physical Friday and signed a three-year deal with manager Kevin Keegan's team. He will be eligible to play in City's next league match, which isn't until September 14 against Aston Villa at home.

"I hope to get him registered by (today) so that he will be able to play for us in the next round of the UEFA Cup," Keegan told his club's web site. "I am delighted as he gives me options in several positions, he can play right back, right side midfield or central midfield and he brings with him a wealth of experience. He will prove an invaluable influence for our younger players as well.

"Claudio Reyna has captained the American side, he is another international with good experience. The signing just makes sense."

City hosts Lokeren of Belgium in the opener of a UEFA Cup first-round two-match series on September 24

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent and can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes managing editor and can be e-mailed at editor@soccertimes.com.

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