Stokoe in talks with Harvey

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HAVING set in motion an attempt to bring Derby County and Scotland international centre forward John O’Hare back to Roker Park, Sunderland Manager Mr Bob Stokoe was off on another tack today with a flying visit to his Newcastle United counterpart, Joe Harvey which will give rise to a lot of speculation.

“I’ve been meaning to go through and see Joe ever since I came up here,” he said. “But this is the first chance I’ve had. I know there will be a lot of speculation, because United have a few players available.”

Before leaving for St James’s Park he told me “No doubt one or two players will be discussed, but there is nothing specific as far as I’m concerned. It will be a general chat.”

On the O’Hare deal, Mr Stokoe explained that he is waiting to hear from Derby County. He was unable to contact either Mr Brian Clough or Assistant Manager Peter Taylor yesterday and put his substantial offer in writing through the post. “It would be on Brian’s desk this morning,” he said, “and I am now awaiting the outcome.”

No reply is expected today as Brian Clough has flu and was not available for comment today, while Peter Taylor would only say: “I don’t want to discuss the matter.”

Bobby Kerr, who missed training yesterday because he had a painful back condition will have further treatment today and hopes to resume full training tomorrow.

KERR MISSING

An X-ray examination showed nothing and the muscular discomfort is expected to clear up quickly. Kerr was missing from the line-up this afternoon when Sunderland met Darlington behind closed doors in a private practice game at Feethams designed to give match practice to teams, which have been hard hit by flu epidemics.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 3 1973.