Football: Bright bows out of Palace

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Mark Bright's transfer from Crystal Palace to Sheffield Wednesday and Paul Williams's move in the opposite direction were finally completed yesterday.

Negotiations were agreed 20 minutes before the noon deadline and the players will make their debuts for their new clubs today. Bright has joined the Owls in a pounds 1m deal with Williams going to Selhurst Park.

The Liverpool manager, Graeme Souness, hopes the midweek trip he made to Denmark will pay dividends in his search for a central defender. Souness was in Copenhagen to see Torben Piechnik play in Denmark's 2-1 friendly defeat by Germany and is poised to spend some of the pounds 2.3m he has received for Dean Saunders. 'I was very impressed,' Souness said of the 29-year-old.

The England winger, Tony Daley, who played against a Piechnik-less Denmark in the European Championship group round, is out until at least the New Year.

Daley has missed the last three matches with a knee injury, but the full extent of the damage only become clear yesterday when surgeons opened up the knee and found a ligament tear.

Paul Lake, of Manchester City, flies to the United States next week for an operation on his knee injury by the Los Angeles surgeon, Dominic Cisto, who saved the careers of Rangers' Ian Durrant and John Salako, of Crystal Palace.

Notts County yesterday signed the Peterborough defender, Dave Robinson, for pounds 300,000 and are waiting to hear whether Ken Charlery, the pounds 500,000-rated striker, will also move from London Road.

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