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Friday, 16 August, 2002, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
Tribunal rules on Thornton
Peter Reid
Reid snapped up Thornton last month
Sunderland have been told to pay 225,000 for Tranmere Rovers midfielder Sean Thornton.

The 19-year-old was snapped up by the Black Cats last month and on Friday the fee was finalised by a tribunal.

Tranmere had originally turned down a 100,000 offer for Thornton, rising to 400,000 on appearances.

But Sunderland were ordered to pay 225,000, rising to 625,000 depending on future appearances.

Tranmere will also receive 15% of any future sell-on fee.

Rovers chief executive Mick Horton said on the club's official website: "We are pleased that the matter has been resolved in Tranmere's favour.

"The depressed market conditions clearly had a bearing on the tribunal's final decision but it shows that we were justified in going to a tribunal, as Sunderland must now pay a sum well in excess of their offer."

The two clubs are awaiting a separate hearing in relation to an alleged illegal approach made for the player by Sunderland.

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