Manchester United could be forced to pay Oldham over pounds 500,000 if the schoolboy David Brown makes the grade. A Football League commission has ruled that United must pay Oldham pounds 75,000 following a decision that they had broken the rules when they signed him.
United would have to pay a further pounds 25,000 if Brown makes five first- team appearances followed by pounds 100,000 after 25 appearances. Another pounds 25,000 will be due if Brown is capped at England Under-21 level and pounds 100,000 if he plays a full international.
Gerry Francis, the Tottenham manager, has admitted Darren Anderton's chances of playing again this season are growing more remote after Anderton, who hoped to play a full reserve match against West Ham on Tuesday, pulled out after suffering a stomach strain in training.
Aston Villa are to offer a new contract to Paul McGrath, their 36-year- old central defender, who has been with the club seven years and will be entitled to a free transfer. "Paul has earned the right to do what he wants to but he knows and I know that there will be an offer," Brian Little, the Villa manager, said.Reuse content