Football: Granville on move to Leeds for pounds 1.6m

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The Independent Online
CHELSEA WERE cast in the unfamiliar role of transfer market sellers yesterday when they accepted Leeds United's pounds 1.6m offer for the left-back Danny Granville.

The 23-year-old, signed by Ruud Gullit from Cambridge United near the end of the 1996-97 campaign, saw his senior appearances limited by last season's return of Graeme Le Saux.

Newcastle, too, were in clear-out mode, shifting Jon Dahl Tomasson to Feyenoord for pounds 2.5m and completing the signing of the French striker Stephane Guivarc'h for pounds 3.5m. Newcastle, however, have pulled out of a pounds 2m deal for the Sheffield United wing-back Wayne Quinn.

The Premiership's Gallic headcount was further bolstered by Arsenal signing the David Grondid, an 18-year-old defender, for pounds 500,000 and agreed a unique partnership with his club, St Etienne, to exchange loan players and coaching methods.

Nottingham Forest were also conducting a cross-Channel raid, completing the signing of the 22-year-old striker JeanClaude Darcheville from Rennes for a fee of around pounds 700,000.

Everton's shareholders have forced an extraordinary meeting at which they plan to "shame and embarrass" the Goodison Park chairman, Peter Johnson. The move follows a reported effort by a Surrey-based company, the Wiggins Group, to launch a takeover bid.

Ian Brightwell has joined Coventry from Manchester City.