Mettomo in City talks

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The Manchester City manager, Kevin Keegan, is making a £3m move to sign the defender Lucien Mettomo. The Cameroon international who plays for the French side St-Etienne, has flown in for talks and a deal could be reached by the weekend.

The Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren, will be told today that he cannot sign the South African striker Benni McCarthy. Boro had hoped to unveil the Celta Vigo striker today, but the special appeals committee has upheld a decision to deny McCarthy a work permit because the player has not won enough international caps over the past two years.

Chesterfield's future at Saltergate is safe for the foreseeable future after being granted a licence by the Football Licencing Authority. The local ground safety advisory group gave the all-clear to use three sides of the ground again after reviewing the new terracing at the ends of the Kop and Cross Street.

The Carlisle United manager, Roddy Collins, has transfer-listed eight first-team players. Mark Thurston, Ian Stevens, Will Varty, Paul Anthony, Craig Lewis, Kyle May, Stuart Elliott and Lee Maddison have all been told they can leave on free transfers or loan deals.