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Players Abroad Fri, 7 Jan 2005

No official approach for Kuffour - Agent

Samuel Kuffour's agent has played down speculation that his client is on the verge of moving to Newcastle.

Reports in England on Friday claimed that the Magpies were in advanced talks with Bayern's central defender, who will be out of contract in the summer. Bayern have refused to comment, but Kuffour's representative Fabio Parisi insists there has been no official approach from Newcastle, and insists Kuffour would prefer to stay at the Bundesliga leaders until the end of the current campaign.

"We know they are interested in the player and they've told me they are interested but I have to be clear there has been no official approach from anyone at the club, not from Graeme Souness, not from the chairman, not anyone," Parisi said.

"Bayern, of course, would like the player to leave now because he could leave for free at the end of the season, and if they receive an attractive offer something could happen. But he is out of contract at the end of the season and until then he is only interested in fulfilling his obligations with Bayern. That is the plan."

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The 28-year-old Ghana international has been a regular feature of Bayern's defence since joining the Bavarian club as a 17-year-old in 1993, and was a key member of the team that won the 2001 Champions League final. He is currently away with his Bayern team-mates at a training camp.

"The player is in Dubai and we have made a plan to sit down and have a meeting with him when he gets back," Parisi said. "Newcastle is a great club and the Premiership is of interest to Sammy - just like the Primera Liga - but I am in constant contact with clubs all over Europe.

"Newcastle are interested in central defenders and they are probably checking out other options."

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