The Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and the goalkeeper Chris Kirkland have signed new long-term contracts, the club announced yesterday.
Carragher, who is out of action with a broken leg, signed until 2007 while Kirkland, who has just returned to first-team action after injuring his knee in January, signed until 2009.
The Liverpool manager, Gérard Houllier, said the club honoured a promise to both players. "I still believe one day Chris Kirkland will be the No 1 goalkeeper for England," he said. "Carragher is a Liverpool lad, I know what he brings to the team and I am very pleased we are keeping him."
The Everton manager, David Moyes, will not be given the money to buy Fulham's £5m-rated Sean Davis when the transfer window opens in January. Moyes learned at the club's AGM on Thursday that he must sell before he can buy.
Everton signed Kevin Kilbane, James McFadden and Nigel Martyn in the summer and have also taken Francis Jeffers on loan from Arsenal. The chairman, Sir Philip Carter, said at the AGM that "17 of the 20 Premiership clubs are looking to sell players at the moment".
The club also cannot find the £500,000 needed to buy a unique collection of club memorabilia. They have put on hold the purchase of the David France collection of every programme in their history, as well as medals.
Peter Enckelman has been made available for transfer by Aston Villa. He has never really recovered his standing at Villa Park after errors in the derbies against Birmingham City last season. Blackburn and Wolves want to take him on loan.
The Sheffield United manager, Neil Warnock, has finally succeeded in signing the veteran left-back Alan Wright. Wright is joining United having spent a couple of months on loan at Middlesbrough, where he is now surplus to requirements following the return of Franck Queudrue from injury.Reuse content