FRIEDEL LEFT STRANDED

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BRAD FRIEDEL'S hopes of securing a move away from Liverpool have been hit by his failure to secure a new work permit, which he needs to return to Britain.

The custodian has been left stranded in his native America, after his application for a new permit was turned down by the Department of Education and Employment, as he has not participated in at least 75 percent of his country's international games in the last 12 months.

Liverpool are now working to secure a permit for the keeper, but they are being hindered by the player's desire to leave the club because the work permit is non-transferable, and he would have to re-apply, should he move to another club.

Friedel has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield, behind Sander Westerveld, and he is eager to leave the club in order to resurrect his playing career, especially following the arrival of Pegguy Arphexad at the club this summer.

Both Blackburn Rovers and Everton will now be monitoring the work permit situation closely, as they are both looking to secure Friedel's services for next season.

This is the latest in a string of events concerning Premiership imports having trouble obtaining work permits, with Leeds United's potential signing Mark Viduka having difficulties securing a permit and Arsenal's Brazilian target Edu having had his Portuguese passport rejected as a fake.