Kendall's price is right for Rytter

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Howard Kendall is poised to make Denmark's right-back, Thomas Rytter, his first signing after returning to Goodison Park as manager.

The defender is flying in to start a loan spell from Seville, who will let him go for around pounds 1.5m after being relegated from the Spanish First Division.

Rytter, who plays his international football alongside the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Brian Laudrup, is keen to come to England and has also been watched by Tottenham.

He will play in the Dave Watson Testimonial next Wednesday, and then will play against the Scottish champions, Rangers, with the chance of clinching a permanent move and solving one of Kendall's problem positions.

Kendall is also hopings to extend the contract of his Scottish international striker Duncan Ferguson into the next century.

Steve Coppell, the Crystal Palace manager, hopes to sign the Welsh international midfielder, Robbie Savage, from Crewe today. Savage is flying to London for talks about a pounds 250,000 move into the Premier League from Crewe Alexandra, newcomers to the First Division.

Palace hope Savage could develop into a replacement for the Scottish international, David Hopkin, if he leaves for Leeds.

The Scottish Premier club, Hearts, also want Savage and can virtually guarantee the former Manchester United player first team football. The Tynecastle club Hearts have nipped in to sign the Austrian international Thomas Flogel after the 26-year-old winger had been on a week's trial with Dundee United.

Alex Rae's proposed pounds 1m move from Sunderland to Crystal Palace has been put on hold by the London club. Rae passed a medical last week and agreed personal terms, but Palace have yet to finalise a deal for the 27-year- old Scottish B international midfielder.

Chelsea have agreed a pounds 300,000 fee with SK Brann to enable them to secure the Norwegian international striker, Tore Andre Flo, in time to be registered for the start of their European Cup-winners' Cup campaign. The 6ft 2in 24-year-old forward, who scored twice in Norway's recent 4-2 victory over Brazil could have gone to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer, but Chelsea would have had to have waited for his contact in Norway to expire at the end of October.

Chris Waddle and Glenn Roeder, Burnley's new managerial team, have their sights on winning promotion at the first attempt. Waddle and Roeder, one- time playing colleagues at Newcastle, set out their plan after agreeing three-year deals in succession to Adrian Heath who quit the Burnley job two weeks ago to become assistant to Howard Kendall at Everton.

"We're going for promotion straight off and while nothing is for sure we will give it a real go," Waddle said. "If we fail it won't be because we haven't made the effort or been fully committed."

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