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Swiss star Senderos in talks with Everton

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  • Philippe Senderos in talks to leave Arsenal and join English rivals Everton
  • Switzerland defender wants regular first-team action ahead of 2010 World Cup
  • Senderos spent an injury-hit loan spell with Italy's AC Milan last season
  • The 24-year-old joined Arsenal in 2003 from Swiss club Servette
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(CNN) -- Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos is in talks to leave Arsenal and join English Premier League rivals Everton, according to the Liverpool-based side.

Philippe Senderos is seeking to leave Arsenal to keep his World Cup hopes alive.

Philippe Senderos is seeking to leave Arsenal to keep his World Cup hopes alive.

The 24-year-old has been out of favor with the London club for the past year or so, and spent last season on loan with Italy's AC Milan.

The center-back made only 15 appearances in his injury-hit stint with the Rossoneri, and returned to Arsenal where he has a year left on his contract.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright confirmed that talks were underway, but said that no deal had been done despite an earlier claim by the Swiss Football Federation.

"We have been negotiating with Arsenal for the transfer of Philippe. Nothing has been concluded yet but talks are on going," Kenwright told Everton's official Web site on Tuesday.

Everton face the possible departure of England defender Joleon Lescott, the subject of two bids from big-spending EPL rivals Manchester City.
Transfer gossip: City to bid again for Lescott.

Manager David Moyes has rejected both offers and is determined to keep the player, who has been ruled out of recent pre-season friendly action due to a hip injury picked up on the tour of the United States.

Moyes needs cover for injured center-back Phil Jagielka, who is not expected to return to action until November.

The Swiss Football Federation had said on its official Web site on Monday that Senderos had agreed to join Everton because he needed regular first-team action ahead of next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Switzerland are level on points with Greece at the top of Group Two after six of 10 games, with the winner qualifying directly and the runner-up hoping to go into one of the four play-offs.

Senderos joined Arsenal in the summer of 2003 from Swiss club Servette, and established himself in the first team alongside Kolo Toure when regular Sol Campbell was injured.

However, he missed the 2006 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona due to his own injury, with England defender Campbell returning in his place to score the opening goal of the 2-1 reverse.

Senderos missed the start of the 2006-07 season after suffering a shoulder problem at the World Cup finals, and subsequently struggled to break back into the Arsenal team.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a wealth of central defensive resources despite selling Toure to City last month, having brought in Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax in June.

William Gallas, Johan Djourou, Mikael Silvestre and Alex Song are also competing for first-team places.

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