WEAVER IS SHOCK TARGET FOR AJAX
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Amsterdam coach Co Adriaanse has put the England Under-21 international at the top of his wish list and he wants the Sheffield-born stopper to challenge current number one Bogdan Lobont.
Romanian international Lobont, 23, is not the most consistent of performers and Ajax`s other keeper Fred Grim is in the latter part of his career at the age of 34. The improving Ajax side are looking to make signings with a view to the future and Weaver fits into that category, as he is just 22.
The chances that City boss Joe Royle would allow Weaver to leave are minimal, although if the Citizens were relegated then Ajax could tempt the Maine Road club with a bid.
Ajax are currently third in the KPN Eredivisie and seem to be on the way back after a torrid time in recent years. They have a host of young talent coming through and the likes of Cedric van der Gun and Rafael van der Vaart should bring glory days back to Amsterdam.
One player who seems to recognise the potential at the Amsterdam ArenA is Georgian striker Shota Arveladze.
The former Trabzonspor man moved to Holland in 1997 as a replacement for Patrick Kluivert, but he was unsettled this season stating he wanted to leave after falling out-of-favour with Adriaanse.
Arveladze, though, has hit a rich vein of form recently, scoring 14 goals in just 22 games, and now technical director Leo Beenhakker wants him to sign an extension to his contract which expires next season.