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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Football News and Rumors 23/07/04

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posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 11:54 AM
Ray Parlour has admitted he would not have turned his back on Arsenal and another crack at topping the pile both at home and in Europe if he did not think he could add to his medal collection at Middlesbrough.

The 31-year-old England international completed a free transfer to Teesside by signing a three-year deal on Friday and set his sights on helping Steve McClaren's side to build upon last season's Carling Cup. Parlour, whose list of honours includes three Premiership titles and four FA Cup wins, revealed there were other suitors as is became apparent he would be allowed to leave Highbury, but it was Boro's ambition and potential which attracted him.

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he was approached by Everton to take the manager's job during the summer. Scolari, who led his homeland Brazil to World Cup glory two years ago, did not mention the Merseysiders by name but his remarks to Portuguese paper A Bola left little room for doubt that it was the Goodison Park club that had contacted him.

Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Tim Cahill from Millwall. The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park after joining for a fee believed to be 2million. However the Australian will miss the first three games of next season through suspension and has been included in his country's squad for the Athens Olympics.

Crystal Palace have launched an audacious bid to snatch Michael Carrick and Marlon Harewood from West Ham, the team they beat in last season's play-off final. The Eagles have offered West Ham 2.5million for Carrick and 1million for Harewood, while also bidding 1.5million for Southampton defender Fitz Hall. Palace won promotion to the Premiership by defeating the Hammers 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium, and signing two of their players would only rub salt into the wound. Carrick's future at Upton Park was cast into doubt immediately after that match but a potential move away from the club failed to materialise for the former England international. Speculation has also linked Harewood with a move away from West Ham, where manager Alan Pardew favours playing the striker out of position on the right of midfield. Eagles boss Iain Dowie has long been an admirer of Hall having signed him for Oldham.

Celtic have made an offer to borrow Wolves' want-away striker Henri Camara, according to the player's agent. The Senegal international was on Friday back at the Black Country club to hold showdown talks with manager Dave Jones and club secretary Richard Skirrow. The 27-year-old has made it clear he wants to leave the club following their relegation from the Premiership and refused to join a pre-season tour of Norway. Bolton have lodged bids to buy him but their best offer so far, of 2.7million, was rejected, with Wolves valuing him at around 5million. Now Celtic, who are searching for a replacement for Henrik Larsson, have made it clear they are prepared to broker a deal to borrow the striker.

Ajax have confirmed newspaper reports which suggest full-back Hatem Trabelsi is on the verge of a move to Arsenal. Thursday morning's AD Sportwereld claimed that Ajax and Arsenal had agreed a fee for the Tunisian defender and that the player only had to undergo a medical before completing the switch to Highbury.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman believes new signings Andy Cole and Claus Jensen provide evidence that the Cottagers are a growing force in the Barclays Premiership. Cole completed his transfer from Blackburn last weekend and was joined today by Fulham's second new acquisition of the summer when Charlton agreed to part with Jensen for 1.25million. Both players have proven track records in the Premiership and their arrival demonstrates the massive strides made by the club under Coleman's guidance over the past 12 months.

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[Edited on 23/7/04 by TRD]

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