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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July 2005, 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
Pardew confirms interest in Baros
Milan Baros
West Ham boss Alan Pardew has admitted he is interested in signing Liverpool striker Milan Baros.

"I'm not going to talk about Milan directly because he's still under contract," said Pardew.

"But we are after a striker and if someone of his quality is available, I am going to go after him."

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez said he may consider offers for the 23-year-old Czech international following the 7m signing of Peter Crouch.

Baros' agent, Pavel Paska, said the player would not contemplate offers until he had thrashed out his client's Anfield future.

Crouch will add to the firepower of Baros, Fernando Morientes, Djibril Cisse and Anthony Le Tallec.

But Baros' future came into question when he was left out of the Reds' Champions League games, meaning he is not cup-tied.

"Milan is a good player, he was top scorer last season, but we have more options now and maybe some offers," said Anfield boss Benitez.

The Spaniard is happy with the four strikers at his disposal - or five if Baros is included - and feels he has competition for places.

That was something Benitez never had last season, with Cisse injured for a large part of the season and Morientes only joining in January, and even then cup-tied for the Champions League.

"They will have to work hard if they want to play and that is good for me. If you have more competition it is good for us," Benitez said.

"At the moment we are working with all our strikers and Baros does have a future here. I am not preparing for anyone to go, I am working with my players. "But if we receive any offers maybe some of them can go. It depends on the offers and it depends on the player also."

Aston Villa, Lyon and Valencia have also been linked with Baros.

But the Hammers are the first to declare their interest - and Pardew could even make it a Czech double by signing Petr Mikolanda, who is on trial.

"We haven't had a lot of opportunities to look at him so we'll probably have another look at Yeovil (on Saturday).

"The same goes for our trialist goalkeeper Juraj Bucek and we'll make a decision on them soon."

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