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Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:50:00

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted that his side were priced out of a move for Kevin Strootman, prior to the Dutchman joining Serie A rivals Roma.

The midfielder ended months of speculation when he sealed his switch from PSV Eindhoven despite a number of European teams, including Manchester United, reported to have been monitoring his progress.

Milan were reported to be keen on bringing the 23-year old to the San Siro this summer, but Galliani says that the club were not prepared to meet PSV's asking price.

"He's a really great player. We followed him for a year too, but he cost too much and we left," he told Sky Sports Italia.

"At this moment, 20million euros is too much for Milan."

Galliani was also quick to dismiss suggestions that PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set for a Serie A return, believing that his wage demands would be too extortionate.

He added: "Ibra's return to Italy? I think it's absolutely impossible because he has a salary not compatible with the Italian league."

Robinho committed his future to Milan last week by signing a two-year contract extension, and Galliani revealed that the striker is now on lesser terms having failed to impress last season.

"He cut his salary and extended his deal," continued Galliani. "I told him that he didn't do too much last season and so he's like a new signing and he must show his value."

Both players have been on trial at Meadow Lane this summer and have impressed the Magpies manager.

Fotheringham, who stood out in the recent friendly against Galatasaray, came through the ranks at Celtic before going on to play for Dundee.

The 29-year-old has also had spells in Germany and Switzerland with SC Frieburg and FC Aarau respectively and spent two years at Norwich. He returned to Scotland last season with Ross County.

Kiwomya knows Parrett from his time at Tottenham, who this summer released the 19-year-old.

"Mark is my kind of player - he's got a little bit of everything," Kiwomya told the Nottingham Post. "He's come on trial and he's been really good in training and he's done well in the pre-season games as well.

"I've known Dean from his Tottenham days and he's a good player. We're seeing if we can accommodate him in the squad somewhere.

"I've got to look at my budget and make sure we're not bringing in players just to fill gaps, but Dean's a good technical player, it's just whether he can fit into our play."

The Northern Ireland international is on trial at London Road and, after he set up the only goal in their pre-season victory over Northampton, Ferguson spoke of his desire to sign the former Celtic man.

"I've known of Paddy for years and we tried to sign him when he moved to Celtic a few years ago," he told the Peterborough Telegraph.

"He is a very good player who has outstanding ability on the ball and great balance. He can play in a number of different positions.

"We'll talk again...and see where it takes us. He has other offers but he has made it clear he wants to come here."

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