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CHARLTON boss Alan Curbishley wants to sign Ipswich's Republic of Ireland star MATT HOLLAND. The Addicks boss is ready to make a pounds 4m bid for the midfielder. Holland, 28, preparing for the World Cup finals with Mick McCarthy's squad, is keen to keep playing in the Premiership.

SUNDERLAND left-back MICHAEL GRAY is being tracked by Aston Villa and Everton. The 27-year-old former England star has spent all his career at his home-town club but Wearside sources suggest he could be ready to move on if the right offer came in.

WEST BROM have been put on red alert by new Coventry City boss Gary McAllister's admission that he is resigned to selling LEE HUGHES to cut the club's pounds 30m debt.

LIVERPOOL have named centre-half SAMI HYYPIA as club captain - in addition to team skipper - after Jamie Redknapp's move to Spurs.

IGOR STEPANOVS has warned ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger he will not be forced out this summer. "I am happy at Arsenal and do not want to go anywhere else," said the 26-year-old Latvian centre-back, who has failed to make an impact since his move from Skonto Riga.

EVERTON are considering a bid for York City's 20-year-old former England youth goalkeeper RUSSELL HOWARTH, who has had a trial with the Goodison club.

FULHAM are set to offer talented youngster SEAN DAVIS a new improved four-year contract. Davis, 22, has two years left on his present deal but the Londoners want to ward off potential predators by doubling his wages to about pounds 10,000 a week.

SPURS have turned down a pounds 3m bid from Southampton for midfielder STEPHEN CLEMENCE. Boss Glenn Hoddle has told 24-year-old Clemence he is part of his long-term plans and the club are expected to talk to him about a new improved contract this summer.

THE future of MANCHESTER CITY'S Scotland centre-back PAUL RITCHIE is in doubt, but Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has indicated he's unlikely to follow up previous interest.

MIDDLESBROUGH are set to step up their interest in Dutch international PATRICK PAAUWE. Boro have tracked the 26-year-old Feyenoord star, who switched from midfield to defence this season, for months and are ready to make a pounds 4m bid.

CHELSEA'S ALBERT FERRER could be granted his wish to return to Spain, with Real Zaragoza showing interest. …