Chance to impress for young Liverpool defender

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Djimi Traore goes into the Liverpool shop window tonight - with both Fulham and Charlton chasing the young French defender. Traore lost his place in the side after the arrival of Christian Ziege at Anfield and he is attracting interest after his early displays. The towering youngster can play at either left-back or centre-half and the Charlton manager, Alan Curbishley, may travel to Merseyside to see him in action against Chelsea.

Djimi Traore goes into the Liverpool shop window tonight - with both Fulham and Charlton chasing the young French defender. Traore lost his place in the side after the arrival of Christian Ziege at Anfield and he is attracting interest after his early displays. The towering youngster can play at either left-back or centre-half and the Charlton manager, Alan Curbishley, may travel to Merseyside to see him in action against Chelsea.

Another Liverpool player, the Guinean international Titi Camara, may also be on the move after asking to be placed on the transfer list, a request which has disappointed his manager, Gérard Houllier.

Camara, a former Marseilles forward, was unhappy after only winning a place among the substitutes for last week's Uefa Cup match against Slovan Liberec following his return from injury. "He was not pleased to be on the bench and he said he wasn't happy and wanted to go on the transfer list," Houllier said.

"I told him he wasn't being fair because he had only been available for 10 days and he would have to wait for his chance. I'm disappointed with him and we will deal with that once I meet his agent."

The Charlton midfielder Scott Parker has joined First Division Norwich on a month's loan and could make his debut for the Canaries against Tranmere on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the sport's world governing body, Fifa, said that it had no plans to take action against the former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino following his claim in his autobiography that he was not eligible to play for the national team. "The whole incident looks like a 'so what?' situation," the Fifa spokesman, Andreas Herren, said. "It's a thing of the past now. There's no need for us to go back into it."

Cascarino, who won a record 88 Irish caps, said in his book that he learned four years ago he was not qualified to play for Ireland when his mother told him that she was adopted and his Irish "grandfather" was not her natural father and hence not a blood relative of the player.

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