Football: Reid to Complete Pounds 1m McAteer Signing

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JASON McATEER will end his time at Blackburn Rovers by signing for Sunderland in a pounds 1m deal today. The Republic of Ireland midfielder has only started one Premiership game this season, and was given the all- clear to head to the Stadium of Light yesterday. McAteer will sign a two- and-a-half-year deal with Peter Reid's club, giving himself a better chance of staying in Mick McCarthy's plans for the World Cup.

Blackburn decided to hold out for money on McAteer after originally intending to let him leave on a free.

An Arsenal scout will be in Thessaloniki on Sunday to watch the Aris striker Angelos Charisteas against Xanthi. The interest surfaced after England's 2002 World Cup qualifier against Greece in Manchester earlier this month when the 22-year-old scored his country's first goal.

The Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has finally ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year contract. Hendrie, who has 20 months to run on his current deal, has committed himself to Villa until the summer of 2006.

West Ham's reserve goalkeeper, the Canadian international Craig Forrest has been diagnosed with testicular cancer after surgery this month to remove a lump.

The Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is continuing to improve following emergency heart surgery last weekend, doctors said yesterday. Houllier underwent an 11-hour operation after being taken ill.

Tottenham's Argentinian full-back Mauricio Taricco will not be punished for the tackle that injured Everton's Thomas Gravesen in a Premiership match at Goodison Park in August. …