McKenna set for Old Trafford

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Manchester United are ready to sign the Canadian defender Kevin McKenna from the German club Energie Cottbus.

Manchester United are ready to sign the Canadian defender Kevin McKenna from the German club Energie Cottbus.

The 20-year-old McKenna, who recently spent a week on trial with West Ham but has failed to hold down a first-team place in the Bundesliga this season, may complete a move to Old Trafford this week.

The Cottbus manager, Klaus Stabach, said: "All we have to do now is agree on the transfer fee. Manchester United know what we would like to receive. We're definitely looking at a six-figure sum and a decision could be finalised in the next few days."

Mark Fish, a target of Charlton Athletic manager, Alan Curbishley, since last summer, was in London last night to complete a £850,000 deal to return to the Premiership. The South African's move to the Valley was originally held up and then called off after a dispute over the method of payment.

The Bolton Wanderers manager, Sam Allardyce, hopes to take the Scotland captain Colin Hendry from Coventry on a long-term loan.

Fulham have made a formal offer of £6m for Anderlecht's Czech international striker Jan Koller, according to reports in Belgium. But the Anderlecht general manager, Michel Verschueren, said the Belgian champions would not countenance selling their 6ft 7in centre forward. The imposing Koller has scored nine goals in 11 league appearances for Anderlecht this season.

"Firstly, Fulham aren't valuing Jan Koller at his true worth - we'll never let him go for so little," Verschueren said. "Apart from that, our Czech deserves better than to develop in [that] division. Of course Fulham are right up the top of the league, but all the same... Finally, we need him. Anderlecht are on the point of qualifying for the next stage of the Champions' League. It would be suicide to weaken ourselves by selling him."

Brighton's veteran midfielder Warren Aspinall has been forced to retire because of a long-term ankle injury. The 33-year-old, who has played for 10 league clubs in a 16-year career, said: "I've been advised to call it a day or I will be a cripple."

Barnsley are expected to sign the 33-year-old former England winger Stuart Ripley today on a month's loan from Southampton.

The Hearts midfielder Gary Locke had to be taken to hospital during his team's 3-0 defeat of Aberdeen on Saturday after being sick at half-time. Locke appears to have suffered a reaction from a clash of heads with his team-mate Thomas Flogel in the midweek CIS Cup tie with Celtic.

Locke was desperate to carry on playing in the game and had to be persuaded otherwise by the club's medical experts. The Hearts manager, Jim Jefferies, said: "We had to try and stop him from taking the field for the second half. That's the sort of lad Gary is."

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