Football: Round-up

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Aberdeen have signed the 24-year-old Celtic central defender Brian O'Neil for an undisclosed fee.

The Swedish midfielder Jonas Thern joined Rangers from Roma as a free agent yesterday. Sheffield United's Mark Patterson has had his transfer from the Blades to Burnley called off.

Bradford City are signing Peter Beagrie, the Manchester City winger, for a cut-price pounds 50,000.

The Czech international Patrik Berger will be allowed to play for Liverpool next season, despite failing to make enough appearances to guarantee his work permit.

Jean-Jacques Misse-Misse, the Cameroon international, has signed a three- year contract with the Turkish side Trabzonspor. He joins from Sporting of Portugal.

Barcelona confirmed yesterday the signings of Christophe Dugarry and Michael Reiziger from AC Milan and Dragan Ciric from Partizan Belgrade for undisclosed fees.

The Italian Serie A club Fiorentina will play Tottenham Hotspur on David Howells' Tottenham testimonial match at White Hart Lane on Saturday 2 August (3.0).

Marco Simone, the diminutive AC Milan striker of who was the favorite teammate of George Weah, announced yesterday that he's joining Paris Saint Germain in the French League on a four-year contract.

Manchester United will make history as they play in Hong Kong in the wake of the handover to China. United begin their pre-season preparations with a tour to the Far East, which includes a visit to Hong Kong where they will face a Chinese select side. The Premiership champions, who report for training this weekend, will play in Bangkok on 17 July then in Hong Kong three days later. They complete their Far East programme by flying to Japan for a final game in Tokyo then end their period abroad with a friendly against Internazionale in Italy on 27 July.