Benitez close to Zenden deal as Diao set to leave
Friday 01 July 2005
The midfielder found himself surplus to requirements last season, joining Birmingham City on loan during the January transfer window, only for injuries to blight his time at St Andrews. But the £5m signing from Sedan three years ago is attracting interest from a number of clubs, and the time is right for a move if Benitez completes his move for Zenden.
The Dutch international became a free agent at midnight last night when his contract with Middlesbrough expired and, despite manager Steve McClaren's concerted efforts to get the 28-year-old to remain at the Riverside, a move to Anfield is now on the cards.
Slavia Prague have lodged an official complaint with European football's governing body, Uefa, over their prospective seeding demotion to accommodate Liverpool. Slavia, who finished runners-up in last season's Czech First Division, will lose their place as one of the seeded teams should the Reds make it through to the third and final qualifying round. That would result in the Czech side facing a much tougher task in qualifying for the group stage, and potentially losing out on revenue if they fail to do so.
Liverpool's goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has joined West Bromwich Albion for a two-week "period of training and assessment" which is expected to lead to a season-long loan. The 24-year-old is with Albion until 15 July, when he could sign a deal lasting until May, with Liverpool unable to recall him. The Reds paid Coventry £6m for Kirkland in August 2001.
Sammy Lee has replaced Phil Brown as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers. The former Liverpool and Bolton player will continue on England's coaching staff but will leave his full-time post at the Football Association where he co-ordinated the youth development structure.
Lee, 46, who made over 200 appearances for Liverpool, was a member of the England Under-21 coaching team before becoming a full-time member of Eriksson's staff in the summer of 2004.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 2 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 4 Amy Winehouse unpublished 2004 interview: ‘Ten years from now I’ll be 30, so I’ll maybe have one baby’
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights