Phelan drove north last night to agree a three and a half-year contract. He has been unsettled since Ruud Gullit took over at Stamford Bridge, and could make his debut tomorrow against Blackburn, who are ready to let the versatile Paul Warhurst join Bolton Wanderers on loan.
Frank Clark's arrival at Manchester City means that Nigel Clough is likely to make his return to Nottingham Forest permanent, with the Northern Ireland goalkeeper Tommy Wright a candidate for a move in the opposite direction, possibly in an exchange deal.
Reports from Belgrade yesterday suggested that Dejan Savicevic, Milan's Yugoslav international playmaker, may become a Manchester United player next year. The 30-year-old, who has won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade and Milan, said that his "time with Milan is running out. All combinations are possible, but the most probable is that I'll join Manchester United next autumn." He also said that Monaco had made an offer. According to sources at Old Trafford, however, United have made no approach for the player.
Of greater concern to United is their defensive cover. Phil Neville has been ruled out for a month with glandular fever while Gary Pallister has aggravated a back injury and will be absent for at least a week.
United's former midfielder Paul Ince is in trouble again in Italy. He has been suspended for four Serie A games following his third red card of the season - against Reggiana on 22 December. Another Old Trafford old boy, the Middlesbrough player-manager Bryan Robson, may have to play at Arsenal tomorrow because of his side's injury crisis. Robson, 40 next month, has not played for a year.
Jim Duffy has resigned as manager of Dundee to take charge of Hibernian. He replaces Jocky Scott, who had been in charge at Easter Road since Alex Miller's resignation in September. Dundee's new manager is Duffy's former assistant, John McCormack.
The Arsenal forward Chris Kiwomya has joined the French club Le Havre on loan for six months. The 27-year-old cost pounds 1.25m from Ipswich last year.Reuse content