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Fulham back in for Dalla Valle

Fulham have apparently revived their interest in Liverpool’s Finnish youth international Laurie Dalla Valle.

The Whites were interested in bringing Dalla Valle, a talented striker who has impressed in Liverpool’s reserves, to Craven Cottage around this time last year but the move never materialised. It is believed that Fulham scout Malcolm Elias, who had worked with Dalla Valle at Liverpool, is behind the club’s continued interest in the Finland under-19 international, who has not been able to break into the first-team picture at Anfield.

Roy Hodgson has apparently sanctioned the release of Dalla Valle and Swedish midfielder Alex Kacaniklic. The pair may be used as makeweights in the transfer of Paul Konchesky, who is expected to undergo a medical on Merseyside over the weekend.

Fulham agree Salcido deal

Fulham have agreed a fee with PSV for left back Carlos Salcido

Fulham have agreed a fee of around £1.6m with PSV Eindhoven for their Mexican left back Carlos Salcido.

Salcido has yet to agree personal terms with the Whites, who have moved quickly to try and replace Paul Konchesky as their current left back is the subject of sustained interest from Liverpool. Fulham manager Mark Hughes insisted that Konchesky’s departure was ‘not a foregone conclusion because we’re trying to bring someone else in’.

Salcido, who has 77 caps for Mexico and was a regular in the national side during the recent World Cup, has made 121 league appearances for PSV in his four years at the Dutch club since signing from Chivas.

Liverpool closing in on Konchesky?

Is Paul Konchesky heading to Liverpool?

Time for another transfer saga straight from the Sky Sports studios in Isleworth. A story carried prominently on the Sky Sports website this morning declares that Liverpool are ‘closing in’ on Paul Konchesky.

The report claims that Liverpool have dropped their interest in PSV defender Carlos Salicido in favour of a move for Konchesky as the Fulham defender only has a year left on his Craven Cottage contract. Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who claimed he wouldn’t be raiding his former club during his first press conference at Anfield, has identified left back as a problem position to be solved before the close of the transfer window and Konchesky is apparently keen to be reunited with his former manager on Merseyside.

As usual, there are no quotes to substantiate these inferences – but expect it to feature pretty strongly on the rolling sports news channel. It will be interesting to if Konchesky’s included in the side to face Port Vale this evening.

The former England international, who has made 122 appearances for the Whites since moving from West Ham for £1.5m in 2007, missed Fulham’s first game of the season at Bolton but returned to the starting line-up for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. Sky Sports suggest Hodgson would be willing to part with £3.5m to sign Konchesky. Watch this space.

Remember the old days?

I feel for newspaper writers. All that white blank space to fill. But what with? Thankfully this summer we’ve had the world cup and then the following witch trials to fill much of the column inches saving us from spurious lies, I mean well researched and cunningly uncovered transfer talks. Even though they have only had the last six weeks to crow bar in these fabrications the press at large seem to have run out of them and as such are becoming the printed equivalent of Dave. Yup, we’re getting repeats of all our favorite transfer rumors!

The Daily Mirror is giving us a chance to relive those glory days of two weeks ago by giving us the Paul Konchesky  (who since the original airing of this story we have learnt Can Jet Ski) to Liverpool rumor. Even though at the very beginning of last month Roy said he wouldn’t be raiding the banks of the Thames for players. The basis seems to be he didn’t play last week at the Reebok and.. well that’s about it.

The Mirror is big on nostalgia today apparently as it’s also resurrected the Parker to Liverpool story, (didn’t he sign a five year contract last week and didn’t Bongo Dave say he wasn’t being sold when Spuds tapped him up?) , which is a very old friend to the lazy journalist running out of time.

I guess now that the Bellamy saga is over with (at least from a transfer point of view) they have to write something, but I do worry for them about what they’ll be able to cobble together come 1st September…

Blues still keen on Konchesky

Alex McLeish clearly wishes his left back was Paul Konchesky, which is a bit of a surprise considering how well Liam Ridgewell played on that side of Birmingham’s defence last season.

This morning’s Sun says that Blues are prepared to offer £2m for the former West Ham defender but given that Konchesky’s been a solid performer since he joined Fulham three seasons ago, you’d fancy Birmingham would have to shell out a lot more to come close to getting their man.