United rebuffed as Anderton stays at Tottenham

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Manchester United's summer of discontent rumbles on. After the unpopular sales of Paul Ince and Mark Hughes, and the outburst from Andrei Kanchelskis against Alex Ferguson, United learned yesterday that Darren Anderton, their top transfer target, had committed himself to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs took the unusual step of holding a press conference to announce that Anderton, the 23-year-old England winger, had signed a new four-year contract. The exercise was clearly designed to appease Spurs supporters restless at the sight of Arsenal spending heavily and as a rebuff to United, who had hoped to land Anderton in part-exchange for Kanchelskis.

When Ferguson does enter the transfer market, his spending power is likely to be curtailed. United admitted yesterday that only pounds 3m of the pounds 7m for which Ince was sold to Internazionale is due "up front". Two further instalments of pounds 1.5m are scheduled for July 1996 and 1997, with the balance of pounds 1m coming from matches between United and the Milan club.

Francis Lee, chairman of Manchester City, has revealed that he asked Alan Ball to become manager even before he took control of the Maine Road club in March 1994. Lee said he first approached Ball 16 months ago, when he was manager of Exeter. "When the takeover campaign was at its height, I telephoned Alan and asked him to become manager once I became chairman."

Millwall yesterday agreed a pounds 750,000 fee with the German club Kaiserslautern for Uwe Fuchs, the forward who was on loan to Middlesbrough last season. Roland Nilsson is set to return to Sheffield Wednesday from a year's extended loan at Helsingborg, while Aston Villa have obtained a work permit for Savo Milosevic, their pounds 3.5m striker from Serbia.

Plymouth have also enhanced their attacking strength, signing Adrian Littlejohn from Sheffield United for pounds 100,000 plus the same again after a certain number of appearances.

Steve Bull explained yesterday why he has rejected a pounds 1.5m move from Wolves to Coventry. "I was very close to going, but my heart ruled my head," he said. Despite staying, Bull criticised "the people who run Wolves", claiming his loyalty had not been reciprocated. The club have refused his request for an extra 12 months on his contract, which has two years to run.

Leicester's rapid turnover in personnel is set to continue, with midfielder David Oldfield considering a pounds 150,000 switch to Luton - his first club - or Port Vale.

Roberto Carlos, the Brazil midfielder who made a big impact in England last month, has joined Internazionale from Parma for pounds 4.5m.