Sporting Digest: Football

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Manchester City have been granted a work permit for the Georgian defender, Murtaz Shelia, and now await international clearance. Shelia was recommended to the club by Georgi Kinkladze, an international team- mate of the pounds 400,000 signing from the Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz. City, one point off the foot of the First Division, hope to tie up the deal in time for Bradford's visit on Saturday.

Alan Curbishley has signed a new, extended contract at Charlton Athletic. Curbishley had been linked with managerial vacancies at Sheffield Wednesday and Queen's Park Rangers.

The Barnsley manager, Danny Wilson, plans to sign the Swedish centre- back Peter Markstedt today and give him a debut against Liverpool on Saturday. The 25-year-old, who plays for Vasteras, has impressed Wilson in two trial games and he is close to tying up a pounds 400,000 deal.

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