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Stoke withdraw from Carson chase

Scott Carson
Carson made his debut for England against Austria in November

Stoke have abandoned their pursuit of England goalkeeper Scott Carson, but other Premier League clubs are still in the running for the Liverpool player.

Liverpool and Stoke are understood to have agreed a fee of about 4m for Carson, but the deal has now collapsed.

Blackburn are believed to be on the verge of making an offer for Carson, with their first-choice keeper Brad Friedel a target for Aston Villa.

The 22-year-old has also been linked with Premier League new boys West Brom.

Carson got as far as travelling to Stoke's Britannia Stadium on Monday to open negotiations over personal terms but an agreement could not be reached.

A brief statement from the club read: "Stoke City can announce that we are no longer pursuing Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson.

"The club will continue to look to improve the squad and remain hopeful of closing in on several new signings ahead of the Barclays Premier League campaign."

Carson joined Liverpool from Leeds for 750,000 in 2005, but spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, making 35 Premier League appearances.

The proposed 4m fee marked a major reduction in the player's asking price, with Liverpool previously holding out for around 10m.

Aston Villa had been favourites to sign Carson on a permanent basis but manager Martin O'Neill's interest appeared to cool with Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson emerging as a more likely target for the Villans.

Liverpool, who have already sold Peter Crouch to Portsmouth this summer, are keen to free up transfer funds as they look to finalise a deal for Villa captain Gareth Barry and continue to chase Spurs striker Robbie Keane.

see also
Carson poised for permanent move
10 Nov 07 |  Aston Villa
Villa can keep Carson - Benitez
15 Nov 07 |  Aston Villa
Villa sign keeper Carson on loan
10 Aug 07 |  Aston Villa
Carson seals switch to Liverpool
21 Jan 05 |  Liverpool

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