Football: Clough looks to America

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST are to take steps to improve their defensive security by signing Brad Friedel, a 21-year-old American goalkeeper, writes Rupert Metcalf. Brian Clough, the manager of the Premier League's bottom club, has agreed a fee of pounds 300,000 with Friedel's team, Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Soccer League.

'We have only seen him in training and in one practice match but we've been very impressed,' Ron Fenton, Forest's assistant manager, said yesterday. Along with two other goalkeepers - the experienced Tony Meola and Millwall's Kasey Keller - Friedel is a member of the United States training squad, announced last week, for the World Cup finals which they will host in 1994.

Across the River Trent, Notts County yesterday completed the signing of Robbie Turner, the versatile 26-year-old former Wimbledon and Bristol City player, from Plymouth Argyle. Having spent most of his career as a striker, Turner has impressed as a centre-half during a month on loan at Meadow Lane. The fee will be settled by a transfer tribunal, Argyle have optimistically asked for pounds 185,000.

John Beck, the new Preston North End manager, recruited two strikers from Cambridge United, his former club, yesterday: Mike Norbury for pounds 32,500 and Gareth Ainsworth for nothing. Beck took Norbury to Cambridge from non-League Bridlington Town last year, while Ainsworth returns to Preston after being released last season.