Football: Rovers sign Dahlin on three-year deal

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Martin Dahlin flew into London last night to tie up a pounds 2m move to Blackburn Rovers. The Swedish striker is ready to sign a three-year deal worth over pounds 1m a season with his former manager at Malmo, Roy Hodgson.

Dahlin has turned down another of his former clubs, Borussia Monchengladbach, and opted to join Rovers after a fee was agreed with his Italian side, Roma.

Nottingham Forest have acquired the 20-year-old Alan Rogers from Tranmere Rovers. The pounds 2m signing of the full-back follows a pounds 2.2m deal for the Norwich midfielder Andy Johnson on Wednesday.

Coventry City have beaten Sheffield Wednesday to the signature of Kyle Lightbourne, Walsall's Bermudan international striker, with the fee likely to be decided by a tribunal. Eoin Jess has left Coventry to rejoin Aberdeen for pounds 650,000.

Steve Sedgley, Ipswich's former Tottenham utility player, is set to join Wolves after talks with Mark McGhee yesterday.

Paul Bracewell, the Sunderland and former England midfielder, has followed Peter Beardsley in turning down the chance to succeed Lou Macari as manager of Stoke, who hope to sign Port Vale's Tony Naylor as a replacement for Mike Sheron, who has moved to Queen's Park Rangers.

Dario Gradi, the Crewe manager, has agreed a pounds 2m fee with both Tottenham and Liverpool for Danny Murphy, the England Under-20 midfielder. "There's no pressure on him to go," Gradi said, "but if they want him to spend a season in their reserves first, then he might as well play for us."

Tottenham, having apparently missed out on signing Juninho, suffered further disappointment when Paul Gascoigne, linked with a return to White Hart Lane, decided to stay at Rangers. He is expected to sign a three- year deal today.

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