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Ian Baird is leaving Plymouth to sign for Brighton in a pounds 35,000 deal.

Aberdeen are hoping to complete the signing of the Bulgarian international defender Tzanko Tzvetanov from the German club Waldhof Mannheim.

Manchester City, who pulled out of a tour to China after officials failed to guarantee their safety in the wake of widespread flooding, will play a friendly at Scarborough on Saturday.

Two players and the coach of the Azerbaijan club, Neftchi Baku, were yesterday suspended by Uefa for spitting at an opponent and insulting the referee during the Uefa Cup preliminary round matches against Lokomotiv Sofia on 17 and 24 July.

Jean-Pierre Papin, the 32-year-old French international striker, is expected to join Bordeaux from Bayern Munich.

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