Liverpool swoop for 3.5m Henchoz

Liverpool’s manager Grard Houllier placed another piece in his expensive close-season jigsaw puzzle yesterday when he agreed to pay 3.5m for the Blackburn Rovers centre-back Stphane Henchoz.

The international defender is in his native Switzerland receiving treatment on a long-standing groin problem but is expected to fly to Merseyside in the next two weeks to complete the transfer.

Houllier rekindled his interest in Henchoz after two unsuccessful attempts to sign the Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel.

Babbel was refused permission to talk to Liverpool after they failed to meet what the Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada E Shop German club regard as a non-negotiable price of around 4m.

Liverpool had offered around 2.5 million last weekend, a bid they were Authentic Prada Bag For Sale Philippines willing to increase but only by 500,000.

However, Babbel may yet be given the opportunity to play in England next season. Newcastle United and Sunderland are believed to be keen to sign him.

Henchoz’s departure from Ewood Park was inevitable after Authentic Prada Bags Online Singapore the Lancashire club’s relegation to the First Division. The 24-year-old had a clause in his contract guaranteeing him an immediate release if Blackburn received an offer of 3.5m.

He will be the first of several departures as Blackburn’s manager Brian Kidd seeks to trim one of the largest senior squads in English football in readiness for a promotion campaign.

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Leeds United have been told they will have to pay 7.5m to prise Kieron Dyer from Ipswich Town. The Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale is understood to have offered 5m for the midfielder, who handed in a transfer request after Ipswich’s play-off defeat by Bolton Wanderers. But with Tottenham, Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United all chasing the player according to his agent Jonathan Barnett, Leeds will have to increase their offer to stay in the running for the England Under-21 international.

“You can’t blame Ipswich for wanting to get the highest possible price for one of the best young players in the country,” Black Prada Bag With Gold Hardware Barnett said. “He is very level-headed and I have heard that Authentic Prada Shoes Sale David O’Leary is keen wallet, Authentic Prada Bag For Sale Ph while Leeds are a club that Kieron would love to play for.

“They have a good young squad that he would fit into well and they would certainly be one of his favourite clubs to join. It is now a case of whether Mr Ridsdale is willing to meet the asking Apertura Outlet Prada Montevarchi price.

“If Leeds want to be among the best in the country then they have to buy the best players they can get.”

Ridsdale hopes to bring in at least one new face by the end of the week. He begins a two-day meeting of Premier League chairmen today and sees that as a perfect platform to conclude transfer business.

Benfica’s midfielder Mark Pembridge is keen to move to Sunderland. “I believe they could become a force in the Premiership,” the Wales player said.