Football: Gascoigne surgery: Leeds sign left-back

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PAUL GASCOIGNE had routine surgery in London yesterday to remove a metal plate applied to the leg he broke in two places during a training session last April. Gascoigne's club, Lazio, said the light surgery 'went according to the best predictions', and that the player will join the team on 18 July and carry out a physical exercise programme.

Nigel Worthington, the Sheffield Wednesday left- back, yesterday agreed to join Leeds United after rejecting a new contract at Hillsborough.

The 32-year-old Northern Ireland international has accepted a two-year deal. The Leeds manager, Howard Wilkinson, said the clubs had not settled a fee but he was hopeful of reaching agreement 'in the next day or two'. It is the third time Wilkinson has signed Worthington, who can also play on the left of midfield. He took him to Notts County from Ballymena in 1981 and signed him for Wednesday for pounds 100,000 in 1984.

Steve Froggatt, Aston Villa's England Under-21 winger, has agreed a four-year deal with Wolves. Froggatt is valued in excess of pounds 1m.

Ray Clemence, the Barnet manager, yesterday ended speculation that Alan Cork might join the North London club. Cork, freed by Sheffield United, had been linked with the Underhill side, who have signed his former Wimbledon colleague Terry Gibson. But Clemence denied the possibility of a move. 'I don't know where the idea came from,' he said.

Michael Laudrup, Barcelona's Danish international, yesterday signed a two-year contract with Real Madrid. Laudrup will cost about pounds 1m.

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