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One of the Black Cats' Trinidad & Tobago internationals is urging the other one to stay on Wearside, where he can realise all his ambitions...

Sunderland winger Carlos Edwards thinks that Kenwyne Jones should stay at the Stadium of Light as it is a place where his ambitions as a player can be realised.
Jones, who has returned from a knee injury sustained in the summer to net seven goals in 15 games for the Black Cats, has been the subject of recurring specualtion linking him with a £15 million move to Aston Villa or Tottenham Hotpsur. His manager at Sunderland, Ricky Sbragia, has repeatedly insisted that he is not for sale.

In addition, his international team-mate Edwards thinks it would be unwise to move just yet.

"Kenwyne is a young guy and he wants to achieve big things," said  Edwards earlier.

"I still think he has a lot still to do — I think the fans know that and the rest of the players know that — but if he continues to do the things he is doing now, and tries to improve just a little bit more, I’m sure he has a great future and big rewards will come his way.

"But let’s just hope he can stay injury free for the rest of the season so he can help get the goals we need to climb the table."

Edwards also believes that Jones has made a significant difference to the team since his return, and is clearly pleased to have him availabel to the team again.

"It was a huge boost when he found out that his injury wasn’t going to keep him out as long as he expected. He worked hard to get fit again and he has bounced back really well," Edwards added.

"He makes a big difference to the team."

Sunderland could consider themselve slightly unfortunate in losing 2-1 at home to Aston Villa yesterday, though their form has improved since Sbragia took over as manager from Roy Keane. They now sit in 15th place in the table with 23 points.
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Spurs give up chase for lethal T'dad striker.

Spurs have abandoned their fervent pursuit of in-form Trinidadian striker Kenwyne Jones, after having a £15 million-bid rejected by Sunderland.

"The chairman (Daniel Levy) made an offer for Kenwyne Jones. They don't want to sell him so that is the end of that one," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told local media. "There is nothing more you can do. He (Levy) spoke to Niall Quinn (Sunderland's chairman). But they decided he is not for sale, and that is their decision."

Redknapp was keen on pairing Jones with the newly acquired striker Jermain Dafoe, in an attempt to form a formidable strike force aimed at reigniting Spurs' relegation battle.

Tottenham are bottom of the Premiership after having lost three of their last five outings in the league. They are without a win since December 8.

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia had accused Spurs of trying to entice Jones away from the club, a charge which Redknapp dismissed.

"We haven't tapped anyone up. Why has their head been turned? All that's happened is that Daniel Levy (Spurs' chairman) spoke to Niall Quinn and asked if they'd sell Kenwyne Jones.

"All that's happened with Kenwyne Jones is that the chairman has rung Niall Quinn, and what's wrong with that?"

Jones has been firing on all cylinders for Sunderland, scoring seven goals in a handful of appearances since his recent return from injury.