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Last Updated: Friday, 23 May, 2003, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
Leeds close in on Berger
Patrik Berger
Berger has been troubled by injury for the past three seasons
Leeds United are believed to be winning the race to sign Patrik Berger from Liverpool.

The Czech international is available on a free transfer this summer and his agent said he is on the verge of agreeing a deal with another Premiership club.

"Patrik and I are coming to England next week for a final meeting with a Premiership club," Pavel Paska told this website.

Leeds are currently unable to conclude any deals as chairman John McKenzie is on holiday until next week.

Berger has also held talks with newly promoted Portsmouth, while Tottenham and Everton have been linked with the midfielder.

Berger's arrival at Leeds could clear the way for Harry Kewell to move in the opposite direction.

The Australian midfielder has been the subject of continued speculation about his future, having failed to sign a new contract with the cash-strapped club, and Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is one of those thought to be interested in securing his services.

Berger made just four appearances for Liverpool last season, three as substitute, and has struggled with a knee injury for three seasons.


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