Football: Everton interested in Saunders

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Howard Kendall is considering bringing Dean Saunders back to Merseyside from Nottingham Forest in time for the weekend.

The Everton manager has asked Forest about Saunders' price and availability and is considering a pounds 600,000 bid for the former Liverpool striker, who is on the fringe of Dave Bassett's side. Saunders, 33, would be delighted to return to the Premier League and the move could go ahead in time for a debut against West Ham on Saturday.

Kendall has run out of targets, including Manchester City's Uwe Rosler, and needs a new partner for Duncan Ferguson in the hopes of avoiding a second successive home defeat. Everton had even considered a move for Ian Rush before he joined Newcastle, but Saunders is emerging as the favourite to join the Toffees in the next few days. Saunders turned down Everton in favour of Liverpool seven seasons ago.

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Peter Nowak, Poland's playmaker, from 1860 Munich, according to reports in the German sports magazine Kicker.

The magazine said Nowak had agreed personal terms with the London club and hoped he could move on a free transfer. However, the Munich club's president, Karl-Heinz Wildmoser, has said the club wants $2m (pounds 1.25m) for the player, who is under contract to the club until 1999.

"If Tottenham want to come and haggle, the matter is finished straight away. In that case, we'll insist on the [current] contract," Kicker quoted Wildmoser as saying.

The was no comment yesterday from Spurs on their apparent pursuit of the 33-year-old.

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