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Stanley seal Atkinson deal

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Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:08:00

AC Milan have received no bids for Kevin-Prince Boateng, expect Robinho to stay and Keisuke Honda to arrive in January.

The Rossoneri continue to find themselves at the centre of regular rounds of transfer gossip - with comings and goings aplenty mooted at the San Siro.

Among those said to be attracting interest is former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth playmaker Boateng - who has spent the last three years in Italy - but Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says the 26-year-old is going nowhere.

He told Mediaset Premium: "Boateng has never asked to move and there have been no requests for him."

Galliani has also revealed that discussions regarding a return to Santos for Brazil international Robinho have broken down, forcing Milan to end their interest in Fiorentina's Adem Ljajic.

They will also have to wait until the New Year to acquire Japan international Honda from CSKA Moscow and have conceded defeat in their efforts to get Mathieu Flamini to extend his time in Serie A.

Galliani added: "The negotiations with Santos have failed and in the coming weeks we will talk to Robinho about his contract.

"In attack we have seven players for three places, so Ljajic won't come. If no attacker leaves, no attacker will arrive.

"Honda? He won't come now. But his contract expires in December and I hope he will arrive in January.

"What are the chances that Flamini will stay? Zero. Andrea Poli has arrived in his place."

Following a successful loan period at Stanley from the Cod Army last term, the 26-year-old centre-back is happy to sign a permanent deal at the club.

"It's good to be back," the defender said.

"I spoke to the gaffer (James Beattie) over the summer and listened to what he had to say about the club and I really wanted to be a part of that - hopefully we can have a good season."

Boss Beattie was also optimistic about Atkinson's potential impact at the League Two club during the season ahead.

"It's a great acquisition from the club's perspective," said the 35-year-old.

"Rob's a great player who we want to come in and play well for the club but I've said to him that we know he can play at a higher standard.

"Hopefully that will be with us and I think that it will."

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