Football: O'Leary in pounds 4m bid for Ward

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LEEDS UNITED have made a pounds 4m bid for the Barnsley striker, Ashley Ward, after missing out on Dion Dublin.

The Elland Road manager, David O'Leary, has put in his increased offer and hopes to get permission to talk to Ward over the weekend. The money may be too good for Barnsley to refuse - although a deal could end their promotion hopes. They signed Ward from Derby less than a year ago for pounds 1.5m.

Paul Ince has been fined pounds 1,500 by the Football Association for his V- sign after being sent off during England's Euro 2000 qualifier in Sweden in September, but has escaped a further ban on top of the three-game suspension he already faces. The Liverpool midfielder was found guilty of misconduct by an FA disciplinary commission yesterday.

Gerard Houllier, Liverpool's joint manager, described Ince's fine as "silly" and added: "The worst thing for a player is being banned. What is the point in fining him too?"

France, the World Cup holders, confirmed yesterday that they will meet England in a friendly at Wembley on 10 February next year.

Rangers yesterday completed the signing of Newcastle United's World Cup- winning striker Stephane Guivarc'h for pounds 3.5m. The Frenchman joined the Magpies in June for the same amount from Auxerre, but could not establish himself in the first team.

Coventry City have concluded the purchase of the striker Andreas Lund from the Norwegian side, Molde, for pounds 1.8m, but the deal was not completed in time for the Under-21 international to make his debut at Blackburn today.

Manchester City have agreed to pay Huddersfield Town pounds 80,000 for the former Blackburn and Plymouth defender, Andy Morrison.