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Tuesday, April 30, 2002
O'Leary linked with Emerton swoop
By Dominic Raynor

Leeds United are interested in signing Feyenoord's Australian midfielder Brett Emerton, according to the Dutch club.

Emerton: Leeds United link
They claim Leeds manager David O'Leary travelled to Holland on Sunday to watch the 23-year-old play against Heerenveen in Rotterdam and spoke to Feyenoord president Jorien van den Herik after the match.

Feyenoord spokesman Jon Schwartz said: 'They, O'Leary and van den Herik, had coffee and talked in the President's Club and talked about many things, including Emerton, but Feyenoord are still waiting to see if Leeds meet the valuation of the player.

'Leeds have not made an official bid and it is up to them where they go from here.'

But Leeds sources insist that while the Australian international remains a potential target, O'Leary was actually in Holland to check out the progress of another, unnamed player.

Feyenoord are believed to want around £8m for Emerton, who has also been linked with Liverpool. The midfielder has been in fine form this season, helping his club to the UEFA Cup Final, which will be played at Feyenoord's De Kuip Stadion.

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