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Bristol City will ask Southampton for pounds 200,000 for their defender Richard Dryden, who is currently having trials with the Saints on their Irish pre-season tour. The 27-year-old former Birmingham player has also been on trial with Dundee United.

Bury have spent pounds 40,000 on Huddersfield Town's striker Ronnie Jepson.

Reading's joint managers Mick Gooding and Jimmy Quinn have appointed Richard Hill to coach the first team and Steve Kean as youth team coach.

Aston Villa made a record operating profit of pounds 5.8m during their Coca- Cola Cup-winning season, but the surplus was wiped out in building the club's most successful team since Villa's 1982 European Cup winning side, with pounds 11m spent on new players.