Transfer Talk: Monday 15 June

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Bolton keen on Dagano

Bolton are leading the race to sign the striker Moumouni Dagano. The 28-year-old currently plays in Qatar and has also attracted the interest of St Etienne and Lorient.

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Barnes set for Tranmere job

John Barnes is poised to become the new manager of Tranmere Rovers. The 45-year-old stepped down from his role coaching Jamaica in order to pursue the opportunity with the League One side. "I'm looking forward to it immensely," Barnes said. "I believe Tranmere can push on to the play-offs this year."

Mackay ready for top job

Malky Mackay is adamant that he is ready to step into management ahead of his appointment as new Watford boss. The former Norwich and West Ham defender will be promoted from the coaching staff at Vicarage Road to the manager today. "I can bring an honesty and an integrity to Watford," said Mackay, who will replace Brendon Rodgers following his switch to Reading. "I've been working towards this for the last six years and am looking forward to the challenge."

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Midfield duo staying with the reds

Rafa Benitez has moved to dismiss reports that the midfield duo, Xabi Alonso and Javier Macherano are to leave the club. Both players have been strongly linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer. Madrid's young strikers Alvaro Negredo and Alberto Bueno have been suggested as makeweights in any possible deal for Alonso. "Liverpool has received no official approach or offer from any club regarding the players," the Liverpool manager said. "Neither is for sale and furthermore Liverpool has no interest in the long list of Spanish-based players being linked with a move to Anfield as part of any deal."

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