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(Friday 16th March 2001)
Roy Essandoh offered deal - click for profile - picture Paul DennisFA Cup goalscoring hero Roy Essandoh, has accepted a deal with Wycombe that will keep him at Adams Park until the end of the season. Essandoh was offered the short term contract following talks between Lawrie Sanchez and Essandoh's agent Mark Steele the day after Essandoh's had completed his two week trial at Wycombe but the 25 year old missed training the following day leaving the offer up in the air.
Steele was quoted by The Press Association on Wednesday as saying "At the end of the day they have offered him something. It isn't an offer that he can't refuse but at the same time he hasn't discarded it either. I think he's got to decide whether he wants to stay with Wycombe or not. I can't say much more at this stage. We haven't accepted it or declined it." It was thought that Essandoh was not entirely happy with the terms of the deal, although it was made quite clear by the Club in earlier reports that they would not be blackmailed. Steele added "If it was an offer that was acceptable to Roy it would be done and dusted by now."

Essandoh didn't train with Wycombe on Thursday, having gone away to think about the offer and leading to speculation that he could be talking with other clubs. Speaking on Blues News on 1170am Lawrie Sanchez said "We've made him an offer. He hasn't trained today and he's sat in Cambridge today (Thursday) contemplating it, which is a bit disappointing, you'd have thought he'd been in here training with the rest of the lads. But we'll wait and see. If he can get himself a better offer on the back of his goal then good luck to him but there is an offer on the table for him from us."

Sanchez added "If he isn't in training tomorrow then he won't be involved on Saturday and they we'll seriously have to decide what we going to do. Deadline day is next Thursday (22 March) so I need to have at least another player in on loan by then. If he isn't available then we'll have to go and get perhaps another one or two."

After picking Essandoh via a news piece on teletext bemoaning the injury situation at Wycombe, Sanchez said "We've been inundated with every striker possible playing from Sunday League all the way through to Premier League. Everybody knows I need a striker now so I don't have to advertise for one anymore"

With Essandoh accepting his short term deal, Sanchez still has room for one more loan signing and the Wycombe boss will still be sifting through the applications ahead of deadline day.

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