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By ESPN Staff
Jul 18, 2006

Kromkamp and Traore set to leave 'Pool

Liverpool defenders Djimi Traore and Jan Kromkamp could soon be on their way out of Anfield.

However, the Premier League giants have distanced themselves from claims they are on the brink of signing Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt.

But Traore, a member of the Champions League-winning side of a year ago, is being chased by both Charlton and Bolton, while Fulham have also shown interest.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez - currently on holiday with his family in Spain - has told Traore he can find another club, having signed Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio, and with John Arne Riise, Mark Gonzalez and Harry Kewell to contest the left side of the team.

Traore's agent Willie McKay has revealed Bolton and Charlton have contacted him about the player. He told Sky Sports: 'Charlton and Bolton have been in contact with me regarding Djimi.

'Djimi is considering moving on for regular first-team action, Rafa Benitez has told him he can move if they receive the right offer.

'The problem is Djimi is on a good contract at Liverpool and he feels they may be pricing him out of a move with their price tag on him.'

Charlton are believed to be prepared to bid £600,000 for Traore, who joined Liverpool in February 1999 for £550,000 from Lens. He has played 140 games for the Merseysiders.

The situation regarding Kromkamp is less clear. It is believed he was used as part of a cash and player-exchange offer last week to Feyenoord for Kuyt, with Jerzy Dudek also involved.

That bid was rejected, and Liverpool have revealed they did not put in a new one to meet a deadline of last Sunday from the Dutch club. The following day Kuyt asked for leave from training to sort out his future.

Liverpool will not pay the £10million Feyenoord want and the Dutch club may reconsider accepting the player-exchange deal and that could again involve Kromkamp.

The full-back was an unused member of the Holland World Cup squad, having joined Liverpool in January from Villareal in a swap deal involving Josemi.

Now PSV Eindhoven have declared an interest. Kromkamp made just 17 appearances - 10 as substitute - for Liverpool and has failed to dislodge Steve Finnan from the right- back role.

With Benitez desperately searching for reinforcements on the right side of his side, letting Kromkamp go now without a replacement may not be an option.

But if he can finally clinch the £12million deal to bring Daniel Alves to Anfield from Sevilla, Kromkamp's position would be clearer.

PSV chairman Rob Westerhof told Voetbal International: 'We have contacted Liverpool to ask what Kromkamp's status is. They made it clear his situation is pretty hazy. We don't know if we can loan him or if we must buy him. Maybe we will get some clarity soon.'

Meanwhile, Liverpool have promoted five members of their victorious FA Youth Cup squad from the club's academy to train with the reserves at the senior squad's Melwood base.

New reserve coach Gary Ablett will now have at his disposal goalkeeper David Roberts, striker Craig Lindfield, left back Robbie Threlfall, right back Stephen Darby and central midfielder Ryan Flynn.