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Transfer Watch: Toffees tempted by profitable Neill offer

GALATASARAY have tabled an £800,000 offer for Lucas Neill, the 31-year-old defender who joined Everton on a free transfer less than four months ago.

Neill signed for Everton in September having left West Ham United. David Moyes would be disappointed if Neill wanted to leave, having revived the fortunes of a player who was struggling to find an English club willing to sign him.

However, the prospect of bringing in such a fee for a player who cost nothing could tempt the Everton manager.

Long shots

Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastian Frey is a transfer target for Manchester United, according to the player's agent.

The 29-year-old former Parma and Inter 'keeper is having a fine season with the Viola in Serie A and has a contract until 2013. But agent Giovanni Branchini claims United are lining the Frenchman up as a possible replacement for Edwin van der Sar.

Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in signing Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. Dzeko has been tipped to leave the Bundesliga side in the summer, with AC Milan believed to be leading the race for his signature.

Decent bets

Philippe Senderos, the 24-year-old centre-back, has said he wants to leave Arsenal, six months before his contract expires.

Kevin Kuranyi has said that he will stay at Schalke for the last six months of his deal, after the forward's proposed moves to Birmingham City and Sunderland broke down over wages.

However, Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, would consider signing Kuranyi in the summer.

Southampton are in talks to sign Dan Seaborne, the 22-year-old Exeter City defender who is out of contract in the summer.

Dead certs

Birmingham have released Giovanny Espinoza, the Ecuador defender who has only played twice, in the Carling Cup, since he joined from Barcelona Sporting Club in the summer. Birmingham have also made Gary McSheffrey available to Sheffield United.

Steven Gohouri has joined Wigan Athletic until the end of the season. The Ivory Coast central defender, who has been on trial, left Borussia Monchengladbach last month.

Tomas Pekhart has moved to Baumit Jablonec, of Czech Republic, from Tottenham Hotspur. The striker scored 19 goals for the academy side, before injuries hampered his progress.

Reading have signed 30-year-old Stoke City defender Andy Griffin on loan until the end of the season. (© The Times, London)

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