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Sport: Football: News In Brief

Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK

Carbone for sale

Sheffield Wednesday have transfer-listed Benito Carbone despite the Italian returning to training this week.

Carbone missed a week of the Owls' pre-season through illness.

His contract at Hillsborough expires next summer, and talks over a new deal have broken down.

Wednesday want to sell him now rather than lose him on a free transfer in 12 months.

Wolves warn Villa on Keane

Wolves manager Colin Lee has told Aston Villa that they are wasting their time if they want to sign Republic of Ireland international Robbie Keane "on the cheap".

Villa are favourites to capture the youngster, but Lee insists that their Midlands rivals will have to match the 6m bid made by Middlesborough.

"I am sure we won't sell Robbie for a penny less than he is worth. His value is increasing and we are not under pressure to sell him," said Lee.

Bull hangs up boots

Wolves striker Steve Bull has announced his retirement because of a persistent knee injury.

The 34-year-old scored 306 goals in 561 games for the club since signing from West Bromwich Albion in 1986.

"I said I'd give it one last shot but after these latest problems I have to come to terms with the fact that I can't go on," he said.

"I've been advised that retiring is the best thing to do."

Bull won 13 caps and scored four goals for England.

Wearsiders capture German Helmer

Sunderland have completed the signinig of German international Thomas Helmer under the Bosman ruling.

The centre-back has signed a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light after leaving Bayern Munich last month when his contract expired.

The 34-year-old helped Germany win Euro '96 at Wembley.

The player has won 68 caps for his country and played in the last two World Cups.

"Thomas will bring invaluable experience to the squad and is just what I've been looking for to strengthen our defence," said Reid.

United fear Keane delay

The start of Manchester United skipper Roy Keane's season could be delayed because of his troublesome ankle.

The Irishman has suffered a recurrence of the injury he suffered in the FA Cup final.

"Roy had trained for a full week after returning from the summer break, but then he began feeling twinges in his ankle," explained manager Sir Alex ferguson.

"He'll need to put in a lot of work in that last week when he's finished his treatment, but I hope he'll be ready."

Branch rejects Pompey move

Everton striker Michael Branch has failed to agree personal terms with Portsmouth, who had agreed a 600,000 transfer fee with the Merseysiders.

The former 20-year-old England under-21 international has struggled to break into the Blues side recently.

Meanwhile, Kevin Campbell, his agent Paul Stretford and Everton secretary Michael Dunford are to meet Trabzonspor officials in Turkey on Thursday to tie up the striker's permanent move to Goodison.

Huddersfield wait for Wijnhard decision

Terriers manager Steve Bruce remains confident that Leeds forward Clyde Wijnhard will sign for Huddersfield in the next 48 hours.

The new boss at the McAlpine Stadium held talks with the striker with a view to a possible 1m move from Elland Road.

"Our talks went really well and I don't think it is a matter of finance, it is just a case of persuading him to drop down to the First Division," said Bruce.

Hibs sign Frenchman

Hibernian have completed the signing of French midfielder Henry Fabrice from FC Basle.

The former French under-21 has joined the Edinburgh club in time for their pre-season tour of Denmark.

Meanwhile skipper John Hughes has signed a one-year extension to his current Hibs contract and midfielder Stuart Lovell has agreed a new two-year deal.

Gorman to take on Albion role

West Bromwich Albion are to appoint former England number two John Gorman as their new assistant manager.

Gorman who will take the up the role for a short-term, is to replace Malcolm Crosby, who left Albion to join Jim Smith at Derby.

"John is coming on a short-term basis. It was important with the season almost upon us that we got someone in to help Denis Smith," said Albion chairman Tony Hale.

Rangers boss warns English big-spenders.

Glasgow Rangers chairman David Murray has predicted that some English sides will go bankrupt as they try to keep up with their rivals.

The Rangers supremo commented that some English Premiership clubs were spending more than they could afford and would price themselves out of business.

"I don't say that about the top-teams but the middle-of-the-road teams in England, the ones who are trying to keep up by using television money," he said.

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