Football: Emerson arrives

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY are to sign the former Benfica centre-back Emerson Thome until the end of the season. The 25-year-old has been on trial at Hillsborough and has played once for the reserves. No transfer fee is involved and the player does not need a work permit.

Reading yesterday moved swiftly to appoint Alan Pardew as their caretaker manager. The former Crystal Palace and Charlton player will take charge for tomorrow's match against Huddersfield. Terry Bullivant resigned as manager on Wednesday after nine defeats in 10 matches left the Royals second from bottom of the First Division.

The Walsall manager, Jan Sorensen, wants to join the consortium which is poised to make a bid for control of the Second Division club. The decision of Jeff Bonsor to resign as chairman this week and put his majority shareholding in the club and Bescot Stadium up for sale has left the Saddlers facing a potentially worrying future.

The midfielder Jamie Pollock joined Manchester City from Bolton Wanderers yesterday on a three-year contract in a pounds 1m deal. However, City's manager, Joe Royle, has been thwarted in a move for the West Bromwich Albion striker Andy Hunt, who is injured.

The winger Martin Phillips, once rated a pounds 10m prospect by Alan Ball, has returned to Exeter on loan from Manchester City.