Everton bid for Bradford keeper

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Everton have made a pounds 1.4m bid for Bradford City's Australian goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer. Joe Royle hopes to complete the deal today for the 24- year-old, who has played only 16 games for the Yorkshire club since joining them from Kaiserslautern for pounds 200,000.

Schwarzer has a clause in his contract saying he can leave for any offer over pounds 1m and the Everton move appeals to him. Schwarzer competes with Aston Villa's Mark Bosnich for Australia's No 1 shirt and has been called up by Terry Venables for his squad as they prepare for World Cup qualifying matches.

Blackburn Rovers' manager, Tony Parkes, made a pounds 2.5 m bid for the Danish striker Per Pedersen last night. The Odense forward is due to fly in today to join Blackburn after a dramatic move by Parkes to stop Rovers' slide. Parkes wants Pedersen signed in time to make his debut at Liverpool on Saturday.

Swansea City's chairman, Doug Sharpe, has put the Third Division club back up for sale at pounds 300,000, a fifth of what he says the club owes him. The decision follows continued arguments between him and the manager, Jan Molby. "I have done my best to keep the club in the top four," Sharpe said. "That's my lot. I won't put in another penny. I want out."

Cardiff City fans have been banned from attending the Third Division derby at Swansea. The match, originally scheduled for 1 March, has been put back a day to Sunday and will kick off at noon. Because of a long history of trouble between the supporters, Swansea fans were refused admission to Ninian Park when the clubs met in December.

The all-Second Division FA Cup quarter-final tie between Chesterfield and Wrexham has been switched to Sunday 9 March at noon from Saturday 8 March on police advice, as Chesterfield's near neighbours Derby have a home game on the on the Saturday.

Brighton supporters' representatives have been asked by the Gillingham chairman, Paul Scally, to carry out a survey to determine whether fans want the proposed ground-share at the Priestfield Stadium. Scally has requested the move after threatening to scrap the deal because of fierce opposition from Seagulls' fans, who do not want a 170-mile round trip for home games.

Premiership clubs will adopt a standard design for numbers and names on team shirts next season. Premier League clubs agreed a rule change at this month's meeting to ensure players' numbers and names are clearly identifiable by fans and TV cameras alike.

n Ian Ferguson has been given a final warning about his conduct by Scotland's manager, Craig Brown, after the Rangers player used abusive language to fans after last week's World Cup qualifier against Estonia.

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