Dalglish tempted by pounds 6m Montella

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Kenny Dalglish is preparing to take the Sampdoria striker Vincenzo Montella to Newcastle United as a replacement for the injured Alan Shearer.

Dalglish saw Montella in action for his club against Derby County on Monday night and could be the first to test the Serie A outfit's willingness to sell their top scorer of last season. Montella will be rated at pounds 6m to pounds 7m.

One player already recruited by Dalglish is the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given. He will cost Newcastle pounds 1.5m from Blackburn, a Football Association tribunal ruled yesterday.

The tribunal also fixed Kyle Lightbourne's transfer fee for his move from Walsall to Coventry at pounds 500,000, plus pounds 50,000 after 20 first-team appearances and then 30 per cent of any profit made by Coventry should they sell him.

The tribunal judged further that the goalkeeper John Filan will cost Blackburn pounds 700,000 from Coventry. In two other cases, Wrexham must pay pounds 65,000 for the Shrewsbury defender Dean Spink, 30, while the Wigan defender John Pender, 33, will cost Rochdale pounds 11,500.

Blackburn have signed Aberdeen goalkeeper Michael Watt on loan as emergency cover while Tim Flowers recovers from a hernia operation.

Orlando Trustfull has moved from Sheffield Wednesday to Vitesse Arnhem for pounds 800,000. Regi Blinker's move from Wednesday to Celtic is expected to be confirmed today, but whether Paolo Di Canio will be going in the opposite direction is uncertain. One Celtic player who did leave yesterday was the forward Chris Hay, 22. He moved to Swindon for pounds 330,000.

Sunderland signed the Marseilles defender Chris Makin for pounds 500,000. Bolton are trying to sign Marseilles' striker, Marc Libbra.

Home Office red tape is delaying the arrival of three Australians to Portsmouth. Goal- keeper Zeljko Kalac and midfielders Robbie Enes andCraig Foster are still seeking work permits.