Football: Walker keen to settle pounds 1.8m deal for Dahlin: Everton want Swedish striker

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MIKE WALKER, the Everton manager, is expected to complete the signing of Martin Dahlin over the weekend. He has agreed a fee of pounds 1.84m with Borussia Moenchengladbach for the Swedish striker, who could become Everton's first black player for 20 years.

Dahlin is in America with the Swedish World Cup squad and Walker said: 'We've tabled a bid and we are awaiting the outcome. Ideally I would like to get it tied up before the World Cup really gets started.'

If Walker fails to sign Dahlin he may bid for Chris Armstrong, who is valued at pounds 2m by Crystal Palace.

Manchester City have agreed a pounds 1.5m fee with Swindon Town for their defender Nicky Summerbee, the son of the former Maine Road player, Mike. Brian Horton, the Manchester City manager, tried to sign Summerbee just before the transfer deadline last season, but that bid was rejected.

Derek Pavis, the Notts County chairman, has issued an ultimatum to the players arguing over their contracts. Mark Draper, the England Under-21 player, is one of 18 players who are stalling over offers of new contracts.

'I've made Mark the best offer I've made to any player in my seven years at this club,' Pavis said. 'I've also made very favourable offers to every other player whose contract is about to expire.

'I can't do any more with the

income that we get through the turnstiles, and I'm not prepared to run this club into debt.'

Tottenham are facing another problem with the Football Association over West Bromwich

Albion's claim for compensation for the loss of Osvaldo Ardiles. Tottenham were fined pounds 25,000 for making an improper approach to Ardiles and West Bromwich want the FA to force Tottenham to pay compensation to them. The FA's David Bloomfield said: 'We are continuing to look into the matter and it certainly has not been forgotten.

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