Crystal Palace have beaten off interest from Manchester United and will complete the pounds 1m signing of Carlisle's 20-year-old striker, Matt Jansen, early next week, subject to a medical. The fee could double depending on appearances.
Leicester City have completed the signing of Greece's captain, Theo Zagarakis, from PAOK Salonika for pounds 750,000. The striker Dele Adebola has completed the formalities of his pounds 1m move from Crewe to their First Division rivals, Birmingham City. Nigel Jemson has also switched First Division clubs, the striker joining Bury from Oxford for pounds 100,000.
The Football Association will take no action over the trouble at Reading's FA Cup match against Cardiff at Elm Park. A female steward was hit in the face and a ball girl was pushed in separate incidents at Tuesday's fourth-round replay, which Reading won on penalties.
The Newcastle defender Steve Watson has a broken foot and will be out of action for between six to eight weeks, missing the England B international against Chile B on Tuesday. Newcastle have given another England B defender, John Beresford, permission to talk to Southampton, and it is understood the clubs have agreed a fee of pounds 1.5m.
Derby's manager, Jim Smith, is annoyed that Fifa, world football's governing body, has given official backing to the Gold Cup taking place in America. Smith is unhappy at being without Paulo Wanchope - who scored four goals in Costa Rica's 7-2 victory over Cuba on Wednesday - and Deon Burton for tomorrow's home game with Aston Villa because they are involved in what he describes as "a training warm-up" for the summer World Cup finals. At least Trinidad and Tobago gave Dwight Yorke permission to miss the tournament.
Nottingham Forest, pursuing promotion from the First Division, are considering scrapping their reserve team and replacing it with an under-21 side. They hope that team would play in a new FA Under-21 league, while continuing to compete in the new Premier Youth League.
Manchester City yesterday transfer-listed 15 players in a bid to cut their wage bill. The list includes Nigel Clough and Eddie McGoldrick but only one player signed by the manager, Frank Clark - Paul Beesley, bought from Leeds for pounds 500,000 a year ago.
Walsall were yesterday anxiously awaiting news of their French striker, Roger Boli, after reports suggested he had walked out on the Second Division club, and was in France training with one of his former clubs, Lens.
Francis Jeffers, the 17-year-old Everton striker who has been hailed as the next Michael Owen, is signing a five-year contract at Goodison worth around pounds 1m. Newcastle United had shown interest in him.