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2204: Queudrue tempted by interest
1504: Hyypia impresses Roma
0504: Parry to meet Martel next week...
0404: Palermo look to Baros


 
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APRIL 22
Queudrue tempted by interest

By Graeme Bailey & Patrick Haond - Sky Sports

Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain are both understood to be keeping tabs on Middlesbrough defender Franck Queudrue, who admits a move to another club could bolster his international ambitions.

The enigmatic full back has been one of Boro's best players this season and he has been a consistent performer since arriving at the club from Lens in 2001.

He spent a season on loan at The Riverside but he became an instant hit with the fans and manager Steve McClaren paid 2.5 million for his services.

He has since developed into one of the most consistent left backs in England and this has not gone un-noticed both home and abroad, with interest coming from Anfield and Parc des Princes.

Queudrue, who was recently wanted by Ireland, has international aspirations but he has thus far been ignored by France and this is an obvious concern to him.

"Playing in a club with more media coverage could help me catch the French team coach's eyes," the 26-year-old told But!.

"He only goes and watches the big teams with the big players."

French Frank, as he is collectively known by the Boro faithful, says he is happy on Teesside but would consider an 'attractive' offer.

"I feel at ease at Middlesbrough. But we will think about if attractive offers come.

"I have no real propositions, but recently I heard about Liverpool's and Paris Saint Germain's interest.

"That is rumours and my agent has not received a call.

"I don't know Liverpool very well, I should ask information from Djimi Traore or Bruno Cheyrou.

"I know Paris a little more. I was born in that town and I would not dislike a comeback to France, above all if clubs like PSG show an interest."

Queudrue's agent Gregory Dakad insists that nothing is in the offing for his client.

"He is playing well and he has attracted interest, but that is natural," he told skysports.com.

"But these stories in France are just rumours.

"For the time being he is doing well and is happy, but we are hoping to have talks over a longer deal at some time in the near future."

Queudrue signed a new deal last year and has three years left on his current contract.


APRIL 15
Hyypia impresses Roma

By Nadia Carminati - Sky Sports

Roma have been impressed with Sami Hyypia's tremendous performances in the UEFA Champions League.

The Liverpool stopper was in superb form during his side's goalless draw at Juventus that clinched a semi-final spot with Chelsea in Europe's premier competition.

Watching representatives from the Giallorossi were so enthusiastic about the Finland international's qualities that they may consider a summer bid for the Reds defender.

Rafa Benitez will want to retain Hyypia but the centre back is out of contract in 2006, and has yet to sign fresh terms at Anfield.

Roma are seeking a replacement for Traianos Dellas, who is set to leave, but there has been no contact yet for Hyypia.

Another Champions League star being linked with Roma is Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro.

The Peruvian has been trailed by scouts from the capital club for some time and an offer is expected to be tabled in the close season.

Pizarro is also out of contract in 2006 and Bayern Munich may decide to cash in on his talents if the price is right.


APRIL 5
Parry to meet Martel next week for transfer talks

Kop Talk

According to reports in France, Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry will meet Lens chairman Gervais Martel next week to discuss Alou Diarra's future.

Lens are very keen to retain the 23-year-old on a permanent transfer following his impressive loan spell with the club. He's done so well that he's been handed the skipper's armband and has been called into action by France boss Raymond Domenech.

Signed by Gerard Houllier, Diarra was loaned out to gain experience and that has certainly been achieved. We'd be angered if Liverpool opted to sell him because the lad looks to have a bright future ahead of him. We've followed his progress closely and it comes as no surprise to hear that several clubs are homing in.


APRIL 4
Palermo look to Baros

By Nadia Carminati - Sky Sports

Palermo are the latest club credited with an interest in Liverpool striker Milan Baros.

The Sicilian side are desperate to find a top calibre striker to pair with Italy international Luca Toni, and have been linked with a plethora of potential targets.

The current suggestions include Marco Di Vaio and David Di Michele - but Baros has now been hinted at also.

The Czech striker has never fully replicated his international football at Anfield, and the striker may well be shipped out of the club in the summer.

Rosanero scouts are expected to be out in force when Liverpool take on Juventus in the UEFA Champions League this week - as they get the opportunity to see how Baros copes with Italian defences.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has already insisted that he will not pay over the odds for a forward, and Baros is not likely to be a cheap option.


Thor Zakariassen