Wednesday sign pounds 4.5m Di Canio

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Sheffield Wednesday broke their transfer record yesterday when they signed Paolo Di Canio from Celtic in a pounds 4.5m player-plus-cash deal.

Wednesday have bought the Italian for pounds 3m, their Dutch winger Regi Blinker making up the rest of the package with a move in the opposite direction.

Dean Sturridge will not be moving anywhere, however. The Derby striker, who appeared determined to leave the club earlier in the summer, signed a new four-year deal yesterday. Sturridge, 24, turned down a similar deal at the start of the summer and attracted interest from Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Tottenham when he was put on the transfer list. But Derby's pounds 7m valuation put most of the clubs off, and now Sturridge, who will miss the opening games after a cartilage operation, has committed his future to Derby until 2001.

The Football Association of Wales has extended Bobby Gould's contract for a further two years. His contract will now run until 31 December, 1999, covering the qualifying group matches for the next European Championships.

Wales have already failed to reach next summer's World Cup finals, and Gould has had to survive a move by a minority of councillors for a change.

Gould yesterday named a squad for the World Cup game against Turkey on 20 August with Wimbledon's Vinnie Jones - his captain in the Netherlands last season - only on the stand-by list.

Southampton have completed the signing of the Norwegian international striker Stig Johansen from Bodo Glimmt in a deal worth pounds 600,000. The Saints manager, David Jones, is hoping to gain international clearance in time for the 25-year-old to be available for the opening day match at home to Bolton.

The Estonian captain, Marek Lemsalu, has joined Liverpool on a week's trial. The 24-year-old centre-back is currently with the German Second Division side FSV Mainz.

Wolves have signed the Sunderland full-back Dariusz Kubicki on a free transfer, and are set to pay pounds 250,000 for Bolton striker Mixu Paatelainen. Tony Thomas is expected to complete a move from Tranmere Rovers to Everton. The 26-year-old right-back will cost pounds 400,000, which could rise by a further pounds 250,000 depending on appearances.

Barnsley yesterday completed the pounds 750,000 signing of left wing-back Darren Barnard from Bristol City.

Second Division Walsall were due to sign the former French Under-21 striker Roger Boli yesterday. Boli, whose last club was Le Havre, is expected to make his debut in Saturday's game with Chesterfield.

Lee Sharpe may miss the first two months of the season. Leeds' former England winger twisted his knee in his side's 1-0 friendly defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Colin Hendry has made a surprise comeback from injury for Blackburn Rovers just three weeks after an ankle operation. The Scotland centre- back has declared himself fit for the game against Derby on Saturday.

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