Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has made it clear that Yossi Benayoun and Dirk Kuyt will not be leaving Anfield this summer.
The midfielder Benayoun has been linked with Roma in Serie A, and the Italian club have been making loud noises that the Israeli will be joining them.
Kuyt had become a surprise target of German club Hamburg, with a possible £16million price tag. "Neither of them will be leaving," Bentiez said yesterday. It had been suggested that the Anfield manager would let both go to finance a deal for Gareth Barry, but the Spaniard held talks with both players yesterday, and said. "It is true that Roma are interested in Yossi. I have talked to him and told him I want to keep him. He is a player with quality and has shown that during pre-season. I have no more news about Yossi – he will be staying with us. I also talked with Dirk Kuyt this morning. I am really pleased with him and he will be staying with us."
Benitez seems no nearer having the capital to conclude the £18m move for Barry, after Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill gave the green light to the deal – if the terms are right for Villa – at the weekend. Benitez is waiting for the American owners Hicks and Gilette to finance the deal.
Coloccini signs up for Magpies
Newcastle United yesterday completed the signing of Deportivo La Coruña's Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini, the La Liga club announced. "Deportivo and Newcastle have sealed the transfer of Coloccini to the English club," Depor said in a statement on their website. "Both clubs had reached a verbal agreement last week and have signed it today." The 26-year-old international, who can also play in midfield, joined Deportivo from Milan in the middle of the 2004-05 season for €3m (£2.37m). He moves for a fee that could rise to €13m (£10.2m). Coloccini has also played for Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Alaves, and helped Argentina win gold at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Ivan sets up camp at Portman Road
Ipswich Town have confirmed that the former Real Madrid and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Ivan Campo is set to sign for the club. The 34-year-old Spaniard was shown around Portman Road on Tuesday and chief executive Derek Bowden has revealed that he will join the Suffolk side next week. "He will be at Portman Road on Monday for a medical. If everything goes well with that he will sign," he said.
New boy Morrison hungry for goals
Coventry City have completed the signing of Clinton Morrison on a two-year deal. The former Crystal Palace striker has agreed terms with the Sky Blues and will go straight into the squad for the opening Championship game against Norwich City tomorrow. "I'm delighted to finally have got a deal done," the 29-year-old said. "I can score goals at this level and now I'm looking forward to doing that for Coventry."
Yesterday's completed moves:
Nicky Shorey (Reading) to Aston Villa; Undisclosed
Andrew Johnson (Everton) to Fulham; Undisclosed
Anthony Grant (Chelsea) to Southend United; Free
Aleksander Prijovic (Parma) to Derby County; Free
Paul Dickov (unattached) to Leicester City; Signed
Ali Gerba (unattached) to Milton Keynes Dons; Signed
Clinton Morrison (unattached) to Coventry City; Signed
Frankie Artus (Bristol City) to Brentford; Loan
Asmir Begovic (Portsmouth) to Yeovil; Loan
Paddy Gamble (Nottingham Forest) to Mansfield; Loan
Tresor Kandol (Leeds United) to Millwall; Loan
Artur Krysiak (Birmingham City) to York City; Loan
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Spartak Moskow) to Birmingham City; Loan
Andrejs Pereplotkins (Skonto) to Derby County; Loan
Joel Ward (Portsmouth) to Bournemouth; Loan
James Wilson (Bristol City) to Brentford; LoanReuse content