Rae becomes a Rokerman

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Peter Reid, the Sunderland manager, has agreed a fee of around pounds 750,000 with Millwall for Alex Rae, the former Scotland Under-21 midfielder.

"He is a player I have tracked since my days at Manchester City," said Reid, who yesterday completed the signing of a new three-year contract. "He is an attacking midfield player who has got good feet in football terms and he can get goals from the middle of the park.

"I honestly think he is an exciting player who will do well in the Premiership. I know I have got to improve the squad and that is not taking anything away from the players I already have, they were magnificent last season."

The Manchester United full-back, Paul Parker, is poised to join fellow Premiership newcomers Derby County on Monday. The former England defender is a free agent after his contract ended last month.

Another former England player, Chris Waddle, has rejected new terms from Sheffield Wednesday. The 35-year-old, who has been at Hillsborough for four years, has told the club's manager, David Pleat, that he wants to leave by the end of the month. Mel Stein, his agent, said an offer has been made from the United States, but Waddle is likely to reject it and look for a new deal in this country.

The Huddersfield Town manager, Brian Horton, has signed a new three-year contract with the First Division club. The agreement also covers the other members of Horton's management team, David Moss and Dennis Booth.

The Spanish and Italian football authorities have bee n fined a total of pounds 660,000 by Uefa, the European governing body, for withdrawing teams from the Intertoto Cup.

The Italians must pay pounds 500,000 for withdrawing three teams, while the Spaniards were given a pounds 160,000 penalty for pulling out their only entrant, Real Oviedo. Some 60 teams have entered the competition, which starts later this month. It gives clubs the opportunity to qualify for the Uefa Cup.

Parma, Roma and Internazionale originally entered the Intertoto draw, but they subsequently backed out when it became clear they would qualify automatically for the Uefa Cup.

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