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Last updated at 18:10 06 March 2008


STOKE manager Tony Pulis is "keeping an eye on" a possible loan move for

Portsmouth striker David Nugent.

The 22-year-old England international was also linked with a loan move to

Ipswich but the deal fell through.

Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "I don't know what's happened with Ipswich, but if

we're going to do business then we'll do it with Portsmouth.

"If there's an area that we need another player it is up front.

"I understand at the minute that he's not fit so we would have to wait for

that to clear, but it's definitely something we are keeping an eye on."

Nugent has struggled at Fratton Park since joining from Preston last summer,

scoring three goals this season.

HULL chairman Paul Duffen insists midfield playmaker Jay-Jay Okocha will not be

retiring at the end of the season.

The former African player of the year joined the Tigers in September 2007, but

some mixed displays and injuries have seen the Nigerian make just 10 starts this

season.

A local radio interview with the player gave an indication he would be hanging

up his boots at the end of the current season, but Duffen believes Okocha had

been misunderstood and intends to play on for Hull beyond his one-year deal.

He told the Yorkshire Post: "I can absolutely confirm that what Jay-Jay meant

was that Hull City would be his last club in the game. That was it.

"I have spoken to Phil (Brown) and, while I'm not prepared to discuss a

player's contract as it is a private matter, we fully expect Jay-Jay to be here

next season. He is loving it, as anyone who saw how he played against Burnley

could see for themselves."

PRESTON boss Alan Irvine has blocked striker Brett Ormerod's loan move to

League Two MORECAMBE following an injury to Craig Beattie.

Ormerod has fallen out of favour at Deepdale but could now be called into

action after Beattie sustained a hamstring injury at Leicester in midweek.

The on-loan West Brom forward is set for at least a fortnight on the sidelines

and Irvine admits he can take no risks with his squad numbers.

Irvine said: "I had reluctantly agreed to him going out on loan, but I need to

reassess that situation now."

Dougie Freedman has agreed to join LEEDS on loan until the end of the season, despite claiming on Wednesday that he wanted to see out his playing days at CRYSTAL PALACE.

Leeds boss McAllister told the club's official website: "Dougie is the type of player I'm looking for. He's got experience, he can play in front of a big crowd and he has a bit of guile.

"It's just the finer points that need to be sorted, but it's looking

promising."

Goalkeeper Russell Hoult has rejoined NOTTS COUNTY on loan from STOKE for the

remainder of the season, while Brian Laws is hoping to sign a winger on loan in

time for SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY'S home clash with QPR.

LUTON manager Mick Harford has admitted that the troubled League One strugglers

have 17 players contracted to the club beyond the end of the season, while

BOURNEMOUTH administrator Gerald Krasner has confirmed two consortia have

submitted a joint bid to buy the club.

GILLINGHAM have had their appeal against Garry Richards' red card for serious

foul play against Brighton turned down.

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