Quinn's consortium given more time to make Sunderland bid

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Sunderland have given Niall Quinn and his consortium further time in which to make an offer for the club.

The club's former Republic of Ireland striker flew in to the North-east on Monday night amid speculation that four of his most important backers had pulled out, but Sunderland Ltd announced to the Stock Exchange yesterday that it had extended an exclusivity agreement until 30 June. The agreement ensures that the club will not invite interest from any other prospective buyer as talks continue.

Craig Bellamy is likely to make a decision on a move to Liverpool shortly. The Wales international was due to have talks with the Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez, yesterday.

The Chelsea youngster Filipe Morais has become the fourth summer signing for the new Millwall manager, Nigel Spackman. The 20-year-old winger has signed a two-year contract.

West Bromwich Albion have rejected a £1.4m bid from Watford for their defender Paul Robinson. Watford will prepare for the Premiership with a pre-season friendly against Internazionale on 8 August.

The new Middlesbrough manager, Gareth Southgate, will take charge for the first time against Olympiakos in a pre-season friendly at the Riverside on 12 August.

The Portsmouth chairman, Milan Mandaric, says that his club are interested in signing the Benfica striker Nuno Gomes.

* The Italian football federation's top investigator into alleged match-fixing has reportedly found a weight of evidence against Juventus officials which could condemn the Serie A champions to relegation. Reports in Italy also claim Milan are heavily implicated in the inquiry.