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By ESPN Staff

Blackburn reject Liverpool bid for Neill

Blackburn have rejected a bid from Liverpool for their Australian full-back Lucas Neill.

The Reds contacted Blackburn this week and made an offer for the 28-year-old, who can play at either right-back or left-back, but have had their bid knocked back.

It is understood Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is determined to hold onto Neill, who joined Rovers from Millwall in 2001.

Liverpool's move for Neill is a surprise given the versatile defender's past record against the Reds.

Neill infamously broke Jamie Carragher's leg three years ago, an incident which led to a furious war of words between former managers Gerard Houllier and Graeme Souness.

'Jamie Carragher was injured at ten past three on Saturday and the apology came 48 hours later - it was absolutely pathetic,' Houllier said at the time.

'Maybe Neill is a good footballer but he behaves like a bad gentleman.'

Neill was sent off for his challenge in that league match in September 2003 and he was again dismissed against the same opposition in a cup match a month later.

His signing could coincide with the departure of his Australia team-mate Harry Kewell, who is reportedly one of four players set to leave.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Salif Diao and Jan Kromkamp have all been linked with moves elsewhere.