Transfer talk: Belgian star Defour in demand

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Belgian star Defour in demand

Steven Defour's agent has claimed the Standard Liège midfielder would not turn down the chance to join Liverpool if they came in for him. His agent Paul Stefani added: "Steven's name has been mentioned not only at Real Madrid, but also at Liverpool – they are looking at him, too."

Bent expected to sign today

Darren Bent's move to Sunderland is set to go through today after the Tottenham striker passed a medical yesterday. The 25-year-old is set to become Sunderland's record signing, for a reported £12m, but a delay over the paperwork thwarted hopes he would be able to play in a friendly against Peterborough last night. Meanwhile, the Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce, has not given up on signing midfielder Lee Cattermole from his former club Wigan. Bruce is ready to come back and lodge a third bid for Cattermole, despite being warned off by Wigan.

Everton aim for american

Everton are close to bringing in 21-year-old American striker Cody Arnoux from Dynamo Carolina. Arnoux has hit 13 goals in 16 games for the Dynamo in the USL Premier Development League – the fourth tier of United States' football – and has played for the Under-18 national team side

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Albion secure Chilean Jara

West Bromwich Albion have signed Chile international defender Gonzalo Jara. The Albion manager Roberto di Matteo has been keeping tabs on the defender and has now concluded a deal worth £1.7m with Colo Colo.

Dikgacoi claims Fulham move

South African midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi claims he has finalised his move to Fulham from Golden Arrows after impressing on trial at Craven Cottage.

Doncaster find Fortune

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune has signed a short-term contract with Doncaster Rovers.

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McCormack too pricey

Scotland international Ross McCormack believes Cardiff's £5m valuation of him "is pricing people out of the market" for a potential move to the Premier League, after the forward was identified as a target for Hull City and Portsmouth. When asked about a move to the KC Stadium, McCormack said he "would definitely be interested".

Trezeguet to stay

Milan have failed in their audacious attempt to prise David Trezeguet from Juventus. The 31-year-old French striker decided against the move, considering it to be a betrayal of the side he has been with since 2000.

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