Brian Clough's successor paid pounds 1.5m to his new club's First Division rivals, Millwall, for Colin Cooper, the 26-year-old former Middlesbrough and England Under-21 defender.
Clark has also offered Stuart Pearce, the England full-back, an improved pay deal, while he is waiting for Manchester United to make an offer for Roy Keane, Forest's unsettled midfield player, who has expressed a desire to join the Old Trafford club. However, United do not agree with Clark's valuation of Keane. 'We certainly won't pay pounds 5m,' Martin Edwards, their chairman, said, 'even for a player as great as he is.'
Rangers have increased their bid for the Dundee United striker, Duncan Ferguson, to pounds 3.5m - which tops Leeds United's offer by pounds 300,000.
The Inland Revenue investigation into football transfer deals has prompted one Premier League club to settle a pounds 1m tax demand without argument after legal advice. Another four Premier League clubs have paid six- figure sums in fines and back-taxes, while three leading players have made large repayments.Reuse content