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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 November, 2004, 12:18 GMT
Everton learn price for Hangeland
Norway defender Brede Hangeland
Hangeland has impressed his current manager Roy Hodgson
Everton will have to pay 3m to sign defender Brede Hangeland from Norwegian side Viking Stavanger.

Hangeland, who has interested several Premiership clubs after his strong performances for Norway, spent last week at Everton.

And Viking director Hans-Oyvind Sagen said: "Brede impressed Everton boss David Moyes very much.

"We will meet with Brede and our manager Roy Hodgson to discuss progress with Everton."

Hangeland has been linked with Everton for around two years and it seems a move in the January transfer window could follow.

The 23-year-old centre back said: "I am very happy with the way my trial went at Everton.

"It has always been my dream to play in the Premiership and I hope the clubs can reach an agreement.

"It would be a great career move and I'm not afraid to take it. I've been waiting for Everton's call."

Hangeland's current boss, ex-Blackburn manager Hodgson, has tipped him to shine in the Premiership.

"David Moyes called to ask if he was good enough to play in the Premier League," said Hodgson.

"Brede is definitely good enough for the Premiership. I told Moyes that.

"Even though he will be impossible to replace, I cannot lie when one of my friends asks for advice."

Meanwhile, Everton's Li Tie has been recalled to China's squad for this month's World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong.

Li has been out since breaking his leg in January.






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