Football: Brolin to sign for Leeds today

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Tomas Brolin's transfer from Parma to Leeds should finally go through today for pounds 4.5m, a record for the Yorkshire club. The fee - pounds 600,000 of which Leeds will pay immediately and the rest over two and a half years - will also be a Swedish record.

Brolin, who played for Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday, was due in Leeds last night and could make his debut at home to Chelsea tomorrow.

Parma had announced that the move was off because the 25-year-old Brolin had failed to agree personal terms. However, Bill Fotherby, Leeds' managing director, said: "Parma have been back to me to say the deal is on. I have been confident all along that the transfer would go through."

Brolin, who will play as an attacking midfielder for Leeds, has played only three games for Parma this season and his career has been in the doldrums since he broke a foot a year ago.

Sheffield United have been barred by the Football League from making any signings until they repay pounds 50,000 borrowed from the Professional Footballers' Association to pay the team's wages last week.

David Webb, the Brentford manager, has called in the police after being drawn into the transfer "bungs" row. Webb was last week alleged to have accepted a pounds 20,000 payment from Terry Venables when he was Southend United's manager and Venables was at Tottenham.

The claim was made in court by Jeffrey Fugler, who is suing Venables for pounds 20,000 which he says is owed to him for a marketing deal.

Webb now believes there is a dirty tricks campaign being waged against him, including phone taps. "I am appalled at the campaign against Terry Venables and the use of innocent bystanders like me to destabilise his position," he said.

The Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp will miss tomorrow's derby against Everton and next Wednesday's visit to West Ham with the hamstring injury that forced him to limp out of Wednesday's England game after just six minutes.