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SKY Kuwaitis committed to Forest - And they deny involvement of Gianni Paladini
Last Updated: July 4, 2012 2:32pm
The Kuwaiti family looking to buy Nottingham Forest have released a statement to Sky Sports NewsHD, insisting they remain committed to the purchase of the club.
The Al-Hasawi family were last week granted an exclusive period of negotiation by the estate of the late owner Nigel Doughty.
Advisors on behalf of the Al-Hasawi family are currently conducting their due diligence process before deciding whether to go ahead with the buyout of the club.
Fawaz, Abdulaziz and Omar Al-Hasawi have now released a statement clarifying their situation.
"At this moment we are wholeheartedly committed to completing the purchase in the shortest possible timeframe in preparation for the forthcoming season.
"Our eyes are open to the exciting challenges ahead of us and we look forward to working with the club, staff and dedicated supporters to put the Reds back to the top of the table."
The Al-Hasawis also moved to dismiss reports that Italian agent and former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini was actively involved in their bid.
"In light of erroneous media coverage in the British press over the past weekend, we wish to state that Mr Gianni Paladini has no authority to act on behalf of the Al-Hasawi Family in connection with our purchase of Nottingham Forest." Sky
Irish keeper eager to seal place in Loftus Road pecking order after Green arrival
IRISH keeper Brian Murphy will try to force his way into Mark Hughes' plans at QPR next season and make one more attempt to crack the English Premier League.
Former Bohemians man Murphy joined Rangers from Ipswich Town last year but he managed to make only one first-team appearance for QPR last season, in a League Cup tie, as injury deprived him of a chance in the side and he was eventually relegated to third choice behind Paddy Kenny and Radek Cerny.
With the arrival of England man Robert Green from West Ham, Murphy has been pushed even further down the pecking order, but as it's expected that former Ireland cap Kenny will leave Loftus Road this month, that gives Murphy a chance to force his way into Hughes' plans.
"If Paddy goes then the number two slot will be up for grabs and that's what I have to aim for," says Waterford native Murphy.
"We're back in for pre-season training this week and we're off to Malaysia for some pre-season games so my aim is to do well in training, try to stand out and nail down the number two slot.
"I'm not naive enough to think that they'll bring in an England international like Rob Green and not play him so any of the keepers at the club are bound to be behind him, but if I can get that number two spot and then an injury or suspension crops up I might get my opportunity," added Murphy.
"They still have Radek Cerny at the club and they've given him another year but I'd hope that they see me as someone for the long-term. Radek did well when he came in but I'd like to think I'd get an opportunity.
"The club have told my agent that they are 100 per cent sure that they want me to stay on and if things go well I could even end up talking to them about a new contract as my current deal is up next year."
The ex-Bohs man had an unfortunate case of bad timing at Rangers last season as he picked up an injury at just the wrong time. Kenny was out with an injury for a period but Murphy was also sidelined at the same time and QPR had to bring in another keeper. For the remainder of the season Murphy was not even on the bench as Czech Cerny was installed as back-up to Kenny.
"I would have been able to play a few games last season when Paddy got his injury but I got injured myself and that was a cruel blow," says Murphy, who has featured in the Ireland squad a number of times under Giovanni Trapattoni, most recently for the friendly win over Italy in Belgium last year, though he is still uncapped at senior level. "I need to play games so I will see how the season goes," he told the Herald.
"If a few weeks or months in the season have gone by and I'm not involved I might look to go out on loan if that's an option," added Murphy, a league winner with Bohemians before his move to Ipswich. "I was close last season. I travelled with the squad and I was on the bench for a number of games but I just wasn't able to get into the side when I was fit.
"Ireland is also in the back of my mind, I have been in the squad before and I enjoyed every minute of it, if Shay Given does go at some stage -- and I think that everyone hopes he stays on -- then there will be a slot up for grabs in the squad, but I need to be playing games to make an impression," added Murphy. Aidan Fitzmaurice/Herald
SKY - Hulse to fight for his place
Agent rejects claims QPR striker could be on the move
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