Neil Fissler re­ports all the lat­est gos­sip in the trans­fer mar­ket

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

LE­ICES­TER and Derby are both in­ter­ested in for­mer Chelsea de­fender Paulo Fer­reira.

The 35-year-old has been out of the game af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment at the end of last sea­son when he left Stam­ford Bridge.

The for­mer Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tional, who has 61 caps, can play at ei­ther right or left back and spent nine years with Chelsea.

Fer­reira made 141 league ap­pear­ances dur­ing his time in West Lon­don, win­ning three Pre­mier Leagues, four FA Cups, a Cham­pi­ons League and the Europa League.

Both clubs are fight­ing to win pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League and would like him to at least pro­vide cover.

Fer­reira would be avail­able to sign as soon as a club of­fered him a deal as he is now a free agent.

He has been back in train­ing with Chelsea and also in Por­tu­gal where he has split his time since re­tir­ing.

It is un­der­stood Brighton and Read­ing are also keep­ing in touch with any de­vel­op­ments. BOLTON de­fender Zat Knight has been of­fered the chance to move to MLS when his con­tract runs out in the sum­mer.

For­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Knight is a tar­get for Philadel­phia Union and they have al­ready made a con­tract of­fer. MILL­WALL are giv­ing a trial to for­mer Swansea and Leeds de­fender Fede Bes­sone.

The Ar­gen­tinian left-back started his ca­reer with Span­ish gi­ants Barcelona, along­side his child­hood friend Lionel Messi.

Bes­sone is now a free agent af­ter leav­ing MLS out­fit Sport­ing Kansas City and has been handed a chance to im­press Lions boss Ian Hol­loway.

The left side of de­fence is an area where the Lions are well served through Scott Malone and Shane Lowry while Jack Smith can also fill in.

The 30-year-old has also had spells with Charl­ton, Swin­don and Old­ham. Hol­loway is keen to strengthen one of the worst de­fences in the Cham­pi­onship and will give Bes­sone longer to im­press.

Bes­sone has claimed he turned down a three year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Sport­ing Kansas to re­turn to Lon­don.

The Lions have backed Hol­loway with money since he took over at The Den in Jan­uary but it re­mains to be seen if a deal will be of­fered.

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