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Everton in talks to sign Senderos

Philippe Senderos
Central defender Senderos is a regular for the Switzerland national team

Everton have confirmed they are in talks with Arsenal over the signing of Swiss defender Philippe Senderos.

Senderos, 24, joined the Gunners in 2003 and made over 100 appearances before spending the 2008-09 campaign on loan at AC Milan.

"We have been negotiating with Arsenal for the transfer of Philippe," Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told his club's official website.

"Nothing has been concluded yet but talks are ongoing."

A fee of about £6m is thought to have been discussed for the Switzerland international but an Everton club source claimed the centre-back was not being signed as a direct replacement for Joleon Lescott.

Everton have rejected two bids, of £15m and £18m, for England defender Lescott, who reportedly held talks with Toffees manager David Moyes on Monday but did not submit a formal transfer request.

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Lescott, who is ruled out of Tuesday's friendly at Blackpool with a hip injury, has been told by Moyes he will not be sold and City have yet to put in a third bid.

Senderos would at the very least provide Everton with cover at the back, where Phil Jagielka is not due to return from a knee injury until November at the earliest.

The former Servette player trained with his Arsenal team-mates during a Members Day at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

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see also
Lescott wants Everton departure
04 Aug 09 |  Everton
Milan complete Senderos loan move
27 Aug 08 |  Arsenal
Senderos facing three months out
17 Jul 06 |  Arsenal
Senderos set to commit to Arsenal
19 Jun 05 |  Arsenal
Senderos to be offered new deal
27 May 05 |  Arsenal
Arsenal sign Swiss defender
20 Dec 02 |  Arsenal

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