Football: Evans waits on Berger

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The Liverpool manager, Roy Evans, is confident that the Czech international Patrik Berger will complete his move to Anfield this week.

The hold-up in the completion of Berger's pounds 3.2m transfer from Borussia Dortmund centres on a work permit. But Evans envisages no difficulty about the player receiving this in the next seven days or so.

Evans, speaking after watching his side beat Dundalk 1-0 thanks to a Steve McManaman goal in a friendly at Oriel Park yesterday, said: "This process normally takes about 10 days and I see no reason why we should not be able to have the matter completed within that time. It is important that we have the whole matter cleared up before 15 August for the player to take part in our European involvement this season."

Alan Stubbs, Celtic's record pounds 3.5m signing, will miss the Uefa Cup qualifying round first leg against Kosice in Slovakia on Tuesday with a thigh strain. It completes a miserable few days for Stubbs, who, along with his new club, was fined on Friday for using unlicensed agents in his transfer from Bolton.

Celtic's Lee Martin is set to sign for Bristol Rovers to revive his sagging career. The former Manchester United FA Cup winner met the English Second Division club at the weekend and will join them for a nominal fee this week.

The Sunderland striker Brett Angell will join Stockport County of the Second Division for the second time in a pounds 100,000 deal today. Angell had a successful season at Edgeley Park five years ago.

The Hearts manager, Jim Jeffries, is ready to sign the Oldham striker Darren Beckford at the second time of asking. The powerful goalscorer played for the Tynecastle side's reserves in a secret weekend trial and will join on a contract this week.