Ince will be left out of the squad for a pre-season camp in Switzerland which starts this weekend. The former England midfielder will also lose the Liverpool captaincy, which is being awarded to Jamie Redknapp.
Ince is said to be shocked by these developments, which were foreseen last season despite club denials of reports that Houllier was unhappy with his captain. Now comes the difficult part of finding a buyer for him.
Ince is on wages of around pounds 30,000 a week and his price tag would be slashed to make any transfer possible. Adding to the complications, his wife Claire is said to be keen to stay on Merseyside - so that could reduce his options.
Another player leaving Liverpool is Sean Dundee, who is set to join VfB Stuttgart. The South African-born striker moved to Anfield from another German club, Karlsruhe, but never managed to gain a regular place in the first-team squad.
Liverpool recruited another unsung foreign import yesterday when they signed Bayer Leverkusen's reserve goalkeeper, Dirk Heinen. The 28-year- old said he was leaving the German side because he was unhappy at being second choice behind Adam Matysek. The fee is believed to be around pounds 400,000. Last month Liverpool signed the Dutch goalkeeper Sander Westerveld from Vitesse Arnhem for pounds 4m.
The Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe will undergo a medical this week ahead of his proposed move to Liverpool in a pounds 4.6m switch from West Ham. He joined the Hammers from Lens last summer.
West Ham's midfielder Eyal Berkovic has announced that he might shortly become a Celtic player. The Israel international has been at the top of John Barnes' shopping list since the new coach arrived at Parkhead last month.
"There is a mutual agreement between myself and West Ham that I won't return to the club," he said. "I'm very happy about that and I'm hopeful that I will soon be a Celtic player."
Kevin Campbell will remain a Trabzonspor player - unless he apologises to the man who allegedly described him as a "discoloured cannibal".
If the former Arsenal and Nottingham Forest striker wants to move to Everton, he will have to clear the air and forgive Trabzonspor's president, Mehmet Ali Yilmaz, for his remarks, which the Turk claims were wrongly translated.
The Trabzonspor official sent a middle man to Everton to explain that he was misquoted, and that he wants Campbell to make a public statement accepting his version of events. Campbell is considering his next move but may do what Ali Yilmaz wants if he is assured that Everton's pounds 3m bid will be accepted.
The striker has had the remarks translated before and is sure that Yilmaz called him a "cannibal", but he may be in the mood for charity towards his employer. Campbell is currently training on his own while the clubs dispute the fee.
Scotland's former captain, Colin Hendry, called a press conference yesterday to complain at being turned into a Rangers outcast. The 33-year-old central defender, who cost the Ibrox side pounds 4m from Blackburn less than a year ago, said that Dick Advocaat, the coach, has told him he will be no more than a squad player next season.
"I do not think I have done anything wrong to find myself in this position," Hendry said. "I had a few injuries last season but I still managed 32 appearances. I was suspended for some others and missed some more through ineligibility, so in all I might have played 40 matches. I don't think that was too bad a return in a year where we won the treble. But the decision has been made and I have to get on with it."
Stan Collymore is waiting to see if Panathinaikos follow up their initial interest in him, after being "very impressed" with the Greek club when he went to Athens at the weekend. The former England striker is still training with his current club, Aston Villa, who are now hoping for a firm bid from Panathinaikos.
Dennis Wise, the Chelsea club captain, has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Stamford Bridge which will take him through to the summer of 2002.
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