The Forest manager, Dave Bassett, has agreed a pounds 300,000 fee with his Blackburn counterpart, Roy Hodgson, for the 26-year-old Northern Ireland international. Hodgson was forced to move for a keeper after John Filan, who is deputising for Tim Flowers, suffered a broken arm last month which will keep him out for the rest of the campaign.
The Everton manager, Howard Kendall, is trying to sign the Greek international striker Zissis Vrizas for pounds 2m. Vrizas, 22, played for Kendall during his short spell at Xanthi and is now with PAOK Salonika, who play Arsenal in the Uefa Cup later this month.
Southampton have signed the former England midfielder Kevin Richardson from Coventry for a fee to be decided by tribunal. City want pounds 500,000 while the Southampton manager, Dave Jones, is offering pounds 100,000 for the 34-year-old.
The frequently injured Tony Adams is in line for a recall to the Arsenal first team against Bolton on Saturday after playing the full 90 minutes of a reserve game against Southampton yesterday.
Eric Cantona will not return to Old Trafford this weekend to celebrate Manchester United's Championship victory last season. After weeks of non- communication Cantona has now written to the club declining the invitation.
The Football Association chief executive, Graham Kelly, will be among the first to study the long-awaited inquiry into "bungs" which has finally been completed. After more than three years of work, the three-man commission of former Premier League chief executive Rick Parry, Steve Coppell and Robert Reid have now drafted their conclusions and produced a 500-page report.
Some 30 foreign transfers are believed to have been investigated, as well as the deal which saw Teddy Sheringham join Tottenham from Nottingham Forest, doubts over which prompted the inquiry in the first place.
It is understood that the League is pressing for the fullest possible disclosure of the evidence and conclusions, but there are legal fears over the potentially libellous nature of some of the report's findings.Reuse content