Football: Campbell's Everton blow

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KEVIN CAMPBELL faces the prospect of going back to Turkey next week after his move to Everton appeared yesterday to be in danger of breaking down.

The striker's plan to join the Goodison club he helped save from relegation was under threat after Trabzonspor rejected Everton's offer to make the loan move permanent.

The Everton manager, Walter Smith, tabled a pounds 2m bid for Campbell that was rejected by the Turks, who want pounds 3.5m. Now Campbell will have to report back to Turkey for pre-season training next week and start working again for the club president, Mehmet Ali Yilmaz, who described him a "discoloured cannibal".

The CSKA Sofia players Stilyan Petrov and Millen Petkov look to be headed for Celtic in a joint pounds 5m deal.Celtic's head coach, John Barnes, met both players on Tuesday night at Loch Lomond but possible work permit delays may yet mean the pair will be limited to signing pre-contract agreements on this visit.

Leeds' pounds 4m new boy Danny Mills believes he has joined the Manchester United of the future. The England Under-21 right-back signed yesterday from Charlton, and sees parallels with Leeds' current youth-friendly team and Manchester United in the early 90s.

"Just like they were then, this is a young team which is being built for the future and hopefully the future starts now," said Mills, who signed a five-year contract on Tuesday.

Sporting Lisbon have appointed the Italian coach, Giuseppe Materazzi, on a two- season contract, ending rumours that the former England coach Glenn Hoddle was the club's target. "Mr Materazzi was, absolutely and unquestionably, our first choice," said Sporting's president, Jose Roquette.

Steve Parkin is Third Division Rochdale's their new manager. The 33-year- old resigned as manager of Mansfield earlier this month.

Sunderland, Fulham and Cambridge United have won last season's Football Association divisional Fair Play awards. Each club receives pounds 10,000, to be spent on a community-based initiative.