Fowler 'to stay in England'

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Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is set to stay in English football next season after turning down a lucrative offer from Australian A-League side Sydney FC.

The 32-year-old ex-England international is the fourth-highest goalscorer in Premiership history and has been the subject of much interest from a number of clubs worldwide since being released by his boyhood team at the end of last season.

But after negotiations with Sydney FC broke down, the club have confirmed that Fowler will not be moving to Australia for next season, leading many to speculate that a leading Championship club may be tempted to sign him.

"Naturally, we're bitterly disappointed but we're satisfied we did everything we could to persuade Robbie to come to Sydney FC, Australia and the Hyundai A-League competition," said Sydney FC chief executive George Perry.

"Robbie was tremendously impressed by what he saw in Sydney but he's chosen to go elsewhere. We respect his decision and wish him and his family well."

According to media sources, Cardiff City are leading the race for Fowler's signature and could opt for the Liverpool-born forward to replace last year's top scorer Michael Chopra, who has since moved to Premiership new boys Sunderland for £5 million.

But despite falling out of favour with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez last term, Fowler is certain to attract the attention of one or two Premiership teams, as well as those outside the top flight, as he looks to get first-team football in the twilight of his career.
© Adfero Ltd
20 July 2007 09:06 GMT

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