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Neill still keen on Ewood exit

Blackburn defender Lucas Neill remains intent on leaving Ewood Park.

The Australian's contract is up in the summer and he is keen for a new challenge.

Neill has been linked with a move to Liverpool but his agent Peter Harrison has claimed a number of clubs have made inquiries.

Harrison said: 'There has been four of five teams in touch with Blackburn about Lucas.

'He had a great World Cup and that alerted a few foreign sides. People in England know all about him.

'Lucas is in the last year of contract and wants to leave. He made his mind up over a year ago.

'He would like a change of club but he has been very professional about it.

'There is a possibility he could leave during this window but that of course would depend on any offers being accepted by Blackburn.

'It is down to (manager) Mark Hughes.'

Despite being unsettled Neill has stayed as club captain and Harrison added on BBC Radio Lancashire: 'I would not be surprised if he is still here at the end of the season.

'For the moment he is a Blackburn player and happy to be one.'

Harrison also represents Neill's team-mate Andy Todd, and has played down reports that Rangers will make a £1million move for the Blackburn defender.

The Rangers management team were said to have identified Todd as the ideal candidate to strengthen their failing back line.

But Harrison said: 'At the moment Andy is a Blackburn player.

'He has forced his way back into the team following injury and suspension. I am unaware of any approach from Rangers.'

Alexei Smertin could be set for a return to the Premiership after Dinamo Moscow admitted they are discussing the possibility with the former Chelsea, Portsmouth and Charlton midfielder.

Reports linking the erstwhile Russia captain with a return to the Premiership have been confirmed by Dinamo general director Dmitri Ivanov.

'Up to now, the club has not received any official offers,' Ivanov told Sport Express.

'We are currently discussing various possibilities with Smertin's agent, which for now only concern English clubs.'

Smertin, 31, has been told he can leave Dinamo just one season after returning to the Russian Premier League after his contract with Chelsea was terminated last year.

Hamilton manager Billy Reid has confirmed that Liverpool have made an offer for 16-year-old Jamie McCarthy.

The young attacking midfielder has attracted attention from several clubs since making his first-team debut against Queen of the South in September.

He has just started a trial with Reading, and Reid said: 'Liverpool have made an offer for Jamie but he has not refused or accepted as yet.'

McCarthy spent last week on trial at Melwood and as a result of his performance the Anfield club tabled their undisclosed offer to Scottish Division One side Hamilton.

However, the teenager is leaving his options open and will spend the next few days training with Liverpool's Premiership rivals.

Liverpool are also keen on signing Italy under-21 goalkeeper Daniele Padelli, according to the player's agent.

The Sampdoria player has made just one league appearance since joining Serie B club Crotone on loan in the summer.

As a result, Sampdoria have the right to cancel the loan deal with Crotone and are considering an offer which agent Silvano Martina claims has been made by the Premiership club for the 21-year-old.

'Liverpool are interested in Padelli,' Martina said.

'He is a promising goalkeeper. If he were to join Liverpool in the winter transfer market, it would be on a permanent basis.'

Derby have confirmed the signing of Hull striker Craig Fagan for a fee of £750,000.

The 24-year-old, whose contract with Hull was due to expire at the end of the season, becomes Billy Davies' second capture of the transfer window after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Rams.

Fagan, a former Birmingham trainee, joined Hull from Colchester two years ago and has scored six goals this season, four in his last seven games.