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Saturday 18 November 2017

£20m or Duff stays at Blackburn - Souness

GRAEME SOUNESS yesterday agreed a new four-year contract with Blackburn Rovers then insisted it would take "£20m plus" for him to even consider selling winger Damien Duff.

Liverpool are one of several Premiership clubs interested in Republic of Ireland World Cup star Duff.

"Unless we get a ridiculous offer he will be playing for us next year and the year after. We have had two offers but I would not blame clubs for making offers. He is a very good player.

"It is going to take £20m-plus. If Rio Ferdinand is worth that money (£30m) then it must be the same for Duff. Traditionally strikers who make and take goals bring in more money so maybe he (Duff) is worth more money."

The former Glasgow Rangers and Liverpool boss is now under contract until June 2006. Souness said: "Coming to Rovers has proved an excellent move for me and I have enjoyed every minute. This is a first-class club with a really bright future and the place I want to be. I had no hesitation in agreeing to sign a new contract."

CLINTON MORRISON'S transfer from Crystal Palace to Birmingham is still to be finalised as Andrew Johnson discusses terms over his move in the opposite direction.

Birmingham are understood to have agreed a £4m-plus package with Palace consisting of a £3m payment up front plus £500,000 if they survive in the Premiership while Johnson is valued at around £750,000.

But, while Morrison is all set to move to the Midlands, it is believed that Johnson is holding the deal up while he thrashes out his own terms at Selhurst Park.

Morrison held an initial meeting on Sunday with Blues officials regarding personal terms and a further round of negotiations took place yesterday.

There was no official comment from the Blues camp yesterday although it is believed that Morrison is happy with the talks and will sign subject to a medical if the Johnson end of the deal is concluded satisfactorily.

Morrison has been the number one summer target of Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, who had a brief spell in charge of the player when Palace manager.

EVERTON were yesterday closing in on Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright at the start of what could be a busy week in the transfer market for the Blues.

Everton deputy chairman Bill Kenwright has confirmed negotiations to sign Wright from the double winners are at an "advanced stage". Wright, 24, is expected to cost Everton around £5m, a year after he joined Arsenal in a £6m deal from Ipswich.

Manager David Moyes went for the England international after finally running out of patience in his attempts to prise Mart Poom away from Derby.

Derby effectively wrecked the deal by demanding £7m for the Estonian international and Moyes has found Arsenal much more amenable.

DENNIS WISE has been given a free transfer by Leicester City. The former England international was sent home from a pre-season tour of Finland following an incident which left Foxes team-mate Callum Davidson with a double fracture of the cheekbone.

The Foxes also confirmed yesterday that club captain Matt Elliott was available on a free transfer as the club look to cut their cloth for life in Division One.

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