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Danny Murphy


The 21-year-old midfielder cost Liverpool pounds 1.5m from Crewe in July 1997 and figured in 17 matches last season, winning two England under- 21 caps for good measure. Since then, however, he has joined the long list of forgotten men at Anfield, hidden away in the reserves. Has made only one start this season and last appeared as a Uefa Cup substitute in December.

Richard Cresswell

York City

Scouts from Manchester United and Arsenal should soon be joined by other Premiership talent spotters in eyeing up York City's 16-goal leading scorer. The 21-year-old Bridlington-born player, whom the Second Division side value at pounds 1m-plus, is in the squad for England's under-21 match with France at Derby tomorrow.

Crocked striker Pierluigi Casiraghi, would-be star of Chelsea, can only dream of lighting up the Bridge again. Just as well he is leading a double life as Nick Berry, ex-EastEnder and current Heartbeat star.