Palermo president keen to keep Kjaer

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has denied hot prospect Simon Kjaer will be moving to the Premier League in January, despite reported interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

The defender has been strongly linked with a move away from Serie A following a host of accomplished performances for the Italian outfit since his €4 million move from Danish side FC Midtjylland in July 2008.

Kjaer has also attracted interested from Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.

But club president Zamparini claims he has not received any official enquiries regarding the 22-year-old’s availability.

“Neither Manchester United or other teams have contacted us specifically regarding Kjaer,” he told skysports.com.

“There are only incorrect movements from his agent who is offering the player the teams most important for a personal profit.”

Zamparini is also desperate to remove a release clause that could hamper his chances of keeping the Dane in southern Italy.

“If one club wants Kjaer they have to pay €12 million cash. But the clause is not valid for January, only for the end of the season.

“And we are trying to eliminate this clause, discussing with the player, even if – I repeat – there are some problems with his agent.”