Football: Wolves so keen to do better

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INTENT on recapturing some of their former glory, Wolves took their close season investment in a better tomorrow to more than pounds 2m when they signed Kevin Keen from West Ham for a fee likely to be determined by a tribunal.

Newly promoted West Ham want pounds 750,000 for the midfielder who has passed up the opportunity of playing in the Premier League next season. Wolves have recently signed Geoff Thomas for pounds 800,000 and David Kelly for pounds 750,000.

Carlton Palmer, the 27-year-old England player, has pledged himself to Sheffield Wednesday for a further five years, thereby giving credence to the club's promise that it will keep its best players.

Wednesday have made an improved offer to their American midfielder John Harkes, but Phil King has rejected a new deal.

Howard Wilkinson is losing patience, waiting for Duncan Ferguson to put pen to paper following his agreed move from Dundee United to Leeds for pounds 3.25m.

A meeting scheduled for yesterday was cancelled amid growing reports that the player would prefer to join Rangers, who have offered pounds 500,000 more than Leeds but have been refused permission to talk to the player. 'There comes a point when you run out of patience,' Wilkinson said.

Bill Fotherby, the Leeds managing director, remains confident they will get their man and that they will also keep David Batty and Gary Speed, linked with Liverpool and Rangers, respectively.

Ian Atkins, the former Sunderland captain, has returned to Roker Park as assistant to Terry Butcher following his dismissal by Cambridge. Tottenham have sacked Dave Butler, their physiotherapist.

Barnet fans have raised pounds 100,000 towards keeping their debt-ridden club in business. But unless the club can come up with the pounds 500,000 bond demanded by the League they will be expelled at an egm on 19 June. Eight players will ask the League to sanction free transfers on Friday.