The Dutch international striker, who is due to move to Milan, has been involved in controversy before. In May 1996, he was convicted of vehicular homicide after smashing a borrowed BMW into another car, killing the driver. He was sentenced to do community service.
Nottingham Forest have signed the French international defender Thierry Bonalair. Forest have secured the 30-year-old, who has been capped five times by his country, on a free transfer from the Swiss club, Neuchatel Xamax. He is reported to have agreed a two-year contract worth around pounds 400,000.
Leeds United paraded two new signings yesterday: the Dutch striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - who scored 27 league goals for Boavista last season, only one fewer than the entire Leeds side in the Premiership - arrived from Portugal's Boavista for pounds 2m and the Norwegian utility player Alf- Inge Haland, 24, from relegated Nottingham Forest for a fee still to be set by a tribunal.
"I've come to Leeds United to get them back on the rails the way they were in the past," Graham said. "I think a rampant Leeds United is good for football and good for Yorkshire."
Manchester United have denied a claim from Bayern Munich that they have given Markus Babbel until Monday to decide whether or not to join them. The Bayern general manager, Uli Honess, had said: "Manchester are keeping their offer open until Monday - and we want to know one way or the other by then too."
Maurice Watkins, United's solicitor and a club director, disputed that, saying: "That is not correct. We have not imposed any time limit. It will take as long as it takes." The 24-year-old German international defender turned down United's first offer, which would have given him around pounds 1m a year and his club pounds 5m.
The Manchester United midfielder Michael Appleton is a transfer target for Barnsley, Sunderland and Grimsby. The 21-year-old had a loan spell with Grimsby, who tried to sign him on a permanent basis. Appleton rejected personal terms then, but the Blundell Park club have made another approach.Reuse content