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Derby Adds Five; Johnson a Sixth?

American midfielders Eddie Lewis and Benny Feilhaber could be pushed to the margins at Derby County as Manager Paul Jewell completes the signing of five new players -- with the Kansas City Wizards' Eddie Johnson a possible sixth. Jewell has already added Danny Mills, Robbie Savage, Laurent Robert and Emanuel Villa, while Tottenham's Hossam Ghaly is said to be on the way.
According to the Times, the Wizards have said they would part with 24-year-old Johnson -- for the right price. "I don't think we are naive enough not to know we would reach this point," said Peter Vermes, the club's director. "A number of clubs from England and Europe have expressed an interest, and bottom line is the pound is a lot stronger than the dollar or anything else. That does not mean we will necessarily part with him. The deal has to work for both sides."
Vermes' comments imply that a Johnson transfer might smash the MLS transfer record set by Fulham, which bought Clint Dempsey in December 2006 for $4 million. As for Feilhaber and Lewis, the arrival of midfielders Ghaly, Savage and Robert will make it even more difficult for them to break into the first team. One or both of these players could leave Derby before the transfer window closes -- Lewis has been linked with a move to San Jose of MLS.

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