Leeds undeterred by 'silly money' for Sinclair

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Leeds United yesterday confirmed their interest in the Queen's Park Rangers winger, Trevor Sinclair, which prompted the Loftus Road manager, Ray Wilkins, to put a pounds 10m price tag on his England Under-21 international.

Bill Fotherby, the Leeds managing director, said: "We are keen to sell a number of our players and then we will be in a position to bring other players in." Fotherby refused to name the players, but David White, Rod Wallace and Brian Deane are believed to be the men Leeds are willing to trade.

Wilkins said: "They can offer who they like, but it would take silly money to get him away from Loftus Road. As far as I'm concerned, any club wanting Trevor would have to break the British transfer record."

One deal that did go through was the pounds 750,000 transfer of the Nottingham Forest defender, Carl Tiler, to Aston Villa. The 25-year-old, who moved to the City Ground in a pounds 1.4m deal from Barnsley in May 1991, has been unable to break into the Forest first team this season.

The England captain, David Platt, out of action since the end of August after a knee operation, could make his comeback for Arsenal against Bolton at Burnden Park on Monday.

Platt played his second reserve game in 48 hours yesterday and said: "There are no problems at all. I always knew it was only a matter of time with this injury. Now I'm back in full training with four days to go before the next match."

Manchester United's Lee Sharpe will be fit to play against Middlesbrough this weekend, despite breaking a bone in his wrist. The 24-year-old winger suffered the injury in training.

Chris Woods, the former England goalkeeper, has joined Reading from Sheffield Wednesday on a month's loan. Reading's regular goalkeeper, the Bulgarian international Boris Mikhailov, picked up a hamstring injury in training.

Martin O'Neill, the Norwich City manager, has had a 10-game touchline ban suspended on appeal. O'Neill was banned and fined pounds 1,000 after an altercation with match officials when in charge at Wycombe last season. Now the FA has suspended the ban for two years, but increased the fine to pounds 3,000.

Alan Lawrence, the Hearts striker, could be punished by the Scottish Association after allegedly elbowing Rangers' Craig Moore during Saturday's Premier Division match at Ibrox. The SFA is writing to both Lawrence and his club after receiving a copy of the refereeing supervisor's report.

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