Football: Clark poised to join Fulham

PETER REID, the Sunderland manager, has accepted a pounds 2.5m offer from Fulham for Lee Clark after talks with his former assistant, Paul Bracewell. The midfielder is due to have talks with the London club today.

Bracewell, Fulham's manager, will have to talk his former Newcastle team- mate into the move, as Clark would prefer to stay in the Premier League after two years in the lower divisions. However, Fulham is one of the few clubs that can afford the terms likely to be demanded by Clark, who was transfer-listed after wearing a T-shirt that was offensive to Sunderland fans at the FA Cup final in May.

Reid is signing Thomas Helmer, the veteran German international, from Bayern Munich on a free transfer after agreeing a two-year contract worth about pounds 1m a year with the centre-back.

Tore Pedersen became Egil Olsen's first signing as Wimbledon's manager when he joined the Dons under the Bosman ruling. The Norwegian centre- back has played in England for Blackburn and Oldham but has moved to Selhurst Park after a spell with Eintracht Frankfurt. Pedersen, 29, is a ready- made replacement for Chris Perry, who has gone to Tottenham.

Blackburn's manager, Brian Kidd, hopes to spend pounds 3m from the pounds 10m sale of Chris Sutton on Riccardo Scimeca, Aston Villa's former England Under- 21 centre-back. Kidd hopes to sign Scimeca after Villa offered him in part exchange in a late attempt to pip Chelsea to Sutton's signature. Scimeca has just signed a new contract at Villa Park.

Blackburn will also bid for Benfica's former Liverpool defender, Steve Harkness. They have been quoted pounds 900,000 for him, but have so far offered only pounds 750,000.

The winger Neil Heaney is the latest signing for ambitious Darlington, the new favourites to win the Third Division. Heaney has agreed to leave Manchester City and follow Neil Aspin and Martin Gray to Feethams as the Quakers use the funds provided by their millionaire backer, George Reynolds. Darlington are also speaking to John Hendrie, the former Barnsley manager, who wants to make a playing comeback.

Huddersfield Town's manager, Steve Bruce, is trying to sign Petr Kachuro from his old club, Sheffield United, on a free transfer. Bruce is checking whether the Belarus striker can get a work permit if he moves across Yorkshire.

Birmingham City have signed Eddie Newton on a free transfer from Chelsea. Newton, 27, has signed a two-year contract, while Andy Sinton has also left London for the Midlands, joining Wolves on a free transfer from Tottenham.

Sheffield Wednesday are negotiating to bring Walid Badir, an Israeli international, to Hillsborough on trial. Badir, a 25-year-old midfielder with 16 caps, plays for the Israeli club for Hapoel Petach-Tikva.

Celtic's newly appointed "social manager", Terry McDermott, said yesterday that his biggest role will be to make the atmosphere right in the dressing- room, but he insisted that his role will be more than just being the `club comedian'.

n Disciplinary fines at next year's European Championship will be passed on to young victims of land mines, a tournament spokesman said yesterday.

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