Palmer heads for Wearside

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ALAN NIXON AND PHIL SHAW

Sunderland hope to complete the pounds 1.5m signing of Carlton Palmer, the Leeds and former England midfielder, in time for him to face Nottingham Forest at Roker Park on Saturday.

Ian Rush, who has scored only three goals for Leeds since moving from Liverpool, is another target for the Sunderland manager, Peter Reid. Everton and Nottingham Forest are also thought to be keen on Rush.

Another likely departure from Elland Road is Tony Yeboah, although his agent yesterday denied German reports that his client is poised for a return to the Bundesliga. The Ghanaian international joined Leeds from Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago and has been linked with a return there.

Nigel Clough has returned to Manchester City after a three-month loan spell with his former club, Nottingham Forest.

The Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, has called up a part-timer from the League of Ireland club, Shelbourne, for the World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in Skopje on 2 April. Stephen Geoghegan, a 26-year-old service engineer with a Dublin mobile phone company, is the first player from the League to be called up for a competitive game for his country since November 1985.

"This is a great boost for myself, Shelbourne and the League of Ireland," Geoghegan said. He scored both goals for the League's representative side in a 2-0 victory over the England semi-professional side in Dublin earlier this month.

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