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Luton Town have signed the 24-year-old Ipswich own utility player, Gavin Johnson. Johnson was released on a free transfer.

Mel Machin, the Bournemouth manager, has signed Manchester United midfielder Mark Rawlinson on a two-year contract. He has also signed Norwich midfielder Marcus Oldbury and Jamie Victory, of West Ham, on free transfers.

Fabien Barthez, the Marseille goalkeeper, has signed a four-year contract with Monaco, club president Jean-Louis Campora said yesterday. Barthez won the European Cup with Marseille in 1993 but did not want to play another year of Second Division football.

Eddie Thomson, the Australian national football coach, was cleared of corruption yesterday after a parliamentary inquiry into overseas transfers. The inquiry found that more than A$1.0m (pounds 480,000) had gone missing following the transfers of several Australian players to clubs in Europe.

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