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Transfer Watch: Toffees target loan deal for Senderos

EVERTON have resurrected their interest in Philippe Senderos, six months after they pulled out of a deal to sign the Arsenal and Switzerland defender.

David Moyes, the Everton manager, is trying to sign Senderos (24) on loan after he sold Lucas Neill to Galatasaray for £750,000.

Senderos' move to Goodison Park broke down last time over the fee, but he is out of contract in the summer.

Decent bets

Arsenal are monitoring Chris Smalling, who has made only one starting league appearance for Fulham.

The 20-year-old defender, who has 18 months left on his contract, has mainly featured in the Europa League this season since he joined from Maidstone United one and a half years ago. Fulham claim that they have had no approach.

Sunderland hope to push through the £2m signing of Matthew Kilgallon from Sheffield United this week.

The defender was understood to be on Wearside yesterday, where he was shown around the training complex. Kilgallon had said that he would see out his contract, which ends this summer, after interest from Newcastle United and Burnley. Steve Bruce also confirmed his interest in Guy Demel, the Hamburg and Ivory Coast defender.

Sporting Lisbon are considering a bid for Nadir Belhadj, the Portsmouth left-back. The Algeria defender cost about £4m when he moved from Lens a year ago.

Manchester United have invited Even Hovland, the 20-year-old defender who plays for Sogndal, of Norway, to have a second trial.

Dead certs

Burnley have signed Frederic Nimani on loan from Monaco, with an option to buy the 21-year-old striker for £3.5m in the summer. The France U-21 forward scored six goals in 28 appearances last season.

Jan Mucha, the Legia Warsaw goalkeeper, has agreed a pre-contract with Everton to join in the summer.

Birmingham City have failed to sign Maxi Lopez, the 25-year-old former Barcelona forward who has joined Catania. The Argentinian had been on loan at Gremio, of Brazil, from FC Moscow.

Long shots

Nottingham Forest have rejected an offer for James Perch, the defender, from Newcastle United.

West Bromwich Albion are monitoring David Healy, the 30-year-old Northern Ireland striker who wants to leave Sunderland after making six appearances as a substitute for the Wearside club this season. (© The Times, London)

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