Football: Ball not ready to renounce Rosler

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Manchester City, who need to sell players before they can buy new ones to help lift them from the bottom of the Premiership, have resisted an offer for their most marketable asset, Uwe Rosler.

Sheffield Wednesday had a bid for the German striker rejected yesterday, although the reaction at Maine Road hinted that the subject might not be wholly closed.

"The approach from Wed- nesday was turned down flat," Alan Ball, the City manager, said. "I've told them there is no chance of him leaving... at least for the time being." Everton are also reported to be interested in Rosler, who has said he wishes to stay with City but who has yet to sign an improved contract. He also criticised Ball's tactics last week, saying too much emphasis was being placed on defence.

City's neighbours United, meanwhile, are showing no inclination to rush to the market as a reaction to their being knocked out of the Uefa and Coca-Cola cups in eight days.

Their manager, Alex Ferguson, has attempted to sign Tottenham's Darren Anderton and Ajax's Marc Overmars but rejections there have led to circumspection, even though the club announced annual profits of pounds 20m on Monday.

"We've always known we've had the money," Ferguson said, "The financial results don't change anything. We've tried for one or two players but nothing has emerged since that has interested us. In one way going out of the cups eases the situation. With just League games to concentrate on until the New Year there isn't the same drain on resources."

Celtic have signed the versatile Dunfermline Athletic youngster, Jackie McNamara, for pounds 600,000. The Fife club are pounds 3.5m in debt and agreed to sell after receiving an increased offer.

Celtic are to impose strict restrictions on supporters travelling to France for their European Cup-Winners' Cup second round, first leg match with Paris St Germain in an attempt to minimise the risk of disorder. Only season-ticket holders and corporate clients will be eligible for tickets for the 19 October match.

Joey Beauchamp has rejoined Oxford United, 16 months after joining West Ham in a pounds 1m deal. The 24-year-old was unable to settle at Upton Park and was transferred to Swindon for pounds 800,000 a few weeks later without playing a game. He returned to Oxford yesterday for a fee of pounds 300,000.