Bowyer considers offers as Newcastle maintain silence

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Lee Bowyer's advisors have confirmed that the former West Ham and Leeds midfielder is in talks with "a couple of clubs".

However, Newcastle have refused to comment on reports claiming the 26-year-old has agreed a five-year contract, while a spokesman for the Skillequal company which represents the player said that talks are under way but would not comment further.

Bowyer, who is on holiday, was released by West Ham following the club's relegation to the Nationwide First Division earlier this month, having signed a contract until the end of the season in January. He joined the Hammers from Leeds, who sold him for a cut-price £100,000 with his contract due to expire this summer.

Joseph Kendrick has left Newcastle and signed a three-year contract with 1860 Munich, according to reports in Germany. The Republic of Ireland Under-20 defender, had only featured for the club's reserves this season.

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on the Turkish World Cup goalkeeper Rustu Recber as Barcelona are planning talks with him. Recber, currently a free agent, is leaving Fenerbahce in the summer and has been a target for the Gunners for almost a year.

Another World Cup goalkeeper, Colombia's Farid Mondragon, has emerged as a surprise target for Arsenal and Manchester City. Mondragon, 30, who plays for the Turkish side Galatasaray, is available at around £1m.

The Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle is hoping to sign the Brighton striker Bobby Zamora for around £2.5m. Brighton wanted £5m for the player a year ago but the price has dropped with the cooling of the transfer market and the club's relegation to the Second Division.

David Moyes flew out to France last night to watch Michael Essien play for Bastia in one of his last games for the Corsican club. The Everton manager is keen to sign the Ghanaian midfielder and has already made an inquiry for him - only to be told that the young African wants to move to either Lyon or Marseilles.

Essien, rated at £4m, is due to leave Bastia shortly and will speak to rival French teams, but Moyes will not give up without a fight.

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