City accept pounds 1.5m offer for Lomas

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Manchester City have accepted a pounds 1.5m offer from Wimbledon for the midfielder Steve Lomas, who has yet to agree personal terms. The Northern Ireland international was one of City's most impressive players during their vain attempt to avoid relegation from the Premiership last season, and his tigerish style is ideally suited to Wimbledon.

Liverpool could be about to sign Karel Poborsky, the 24-year-old Czech winger, in a pounds 3m deal. Poborsky, who played in the final of the European Championship last night, has been one of the successes of Euro 96. He scored one of the best goals of the tournament against Portugal in the quarter-final, beautifully wrapping his foot under the ball to lob the stranded Vitor Baia.

According to the Slavia Prague's coach, Frantisek Cipro, Liverpool have made an offer. "We have had interest from several clubs in Italy and England, but Liverpool are the only ones to make a firm bid," he said.

Huddersfield Town expect to sign the Blackpool captain and centre-half Andy Morrison for pounds 500,000 later this week.

Alan Parry has left ITV to commentate on Premiership football for Sky Sports from the start of next season.

Leo Kirch, the Bavarian media mogul, and Sporis-Holding of Switzerland are reported to have bid $2.23bn (pounds 1.48bn) for the broadcasting rights to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Kirch's offer exceeds by pounds 263m a bid for the rights submitted by the European Broadcasting Union on behalf of national state networks. Fifa, football's world governing body, will reveal the outcome of the bidding on Wednesday in Zurich. The digital television rights were not included in the package.

The 2002 World Cup is to be co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Germany is one of the countries bidding to host the competition in 2006.

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