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French midfielder Olivier Dacourt has admitted that he wants to stay at Roma when his loan deal expires.

Dacourt, who is currently on the books at Leeds, joined Roma during the January transfer window as the English club tried to slash its wage bill.

Any permanent move however is dependent upon Leeds slashing their asking price, with Roma looking for a cut price deal due to the economic downturn.

“I have a contract with Leeds for another three years,” explains Dacourt.

“But if I could choose I would stay at Roma.”

The Frenchan also admitted that he would be willing to take a pay cut to move to Rome.

Meanwhile, Roma have opened negotiations with Ghanaian midfielder Stephen Appiah.

Appiah, who currently plays in Italy for Brescia, said: “I know my agent is talking with Roma and that pleases me, as I feel I am ready to play for a tem at a higher level.”

He did confirm, however he would only join Fabio Capello’s outfit if he was going to be guaranteed firstteam football.

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