Portsmouth hand trial to former Brazil winger Denilson

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Portsmouth are running the rule over the former Brazil winger Denilson. The 28-year-old, a free agent after leaving Bordeaux during the summer, is on trial at the club although the Saudi Arabian side Al-Nasr claim to have an agreement to sign him already. Denilson, who was capped 61 times by Brazil and has a 2002 World Cup-winners' medal, joined Real Betis for a then-world record £22m from São Paulo in 1998.

Elsewhere, the Argentinian midfielder Lionel Scaloni has agreed to join Racing Santander on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old, who was a member of Argentina's squad at the World Cup finals in Germany, had negotiated a release from his contract with Deportivo La Coruña at the end of August.

Scaloni joined Deportivo from Estudiantes de La Plata in 1998 and was in the side that won the league in 2000 and the King's Cup in 2002. He dropped out of favour with the coach Joaquin Caparros last year, and played the second half of the season on loan with West Ham United.

Racing narrowly avoided relegation last season and have lost their opening two league games.

The Bolton manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, believes that Kevin Davies could return to action by the end of the month. The hard-working striker suffered a fractured cheekbone in the defeat by Charlton 18 days ago and was later sent off.

"Kevin's professionalism during his absence has to be admired," Allardyce said. "His honesty and efforts to get back playing is unquestioned and he is a credit to the industry. The injury was unfortunate and I look forward to welcoming him back in the team, hopefully by the end of September."

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