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Bellion fee agreed by United

Published: Thursday 16 October 2003, 14.54CET
Manchester United FC will have to pay at least €2.88m for French striker David Bellion.

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Published: Thursday 16 October 2003, 14.54CET

Bellion fee agreed by United

Manchester United FC will have to pay at least €2.88m for French striker David Bellion.

Manchester United FC have agreed to pay €2.88m for French striker David Bellion.

Compensation package
The 20-year-old left Sunderland AFC as a free agent in the summer to move to the Premiership club. However, the first division side were entitled to compensation under English rules for out-of-contract players aged under 24. United may also have to pay up to €1.44m more depending on appearances for club and country.

Murray content
Speaking today, Sunderland chairman Bob Murray said: "We are happy with the package and feel that it is entirely deserved as we lost an exciting and talented young player," he said. "We were very disappointed to lose David as he is a player who should make a good name for himself in the future, but wish him every success."

European bow
Bellion, who made his UEFA Champions League debut for United as a substitute in the 5-0 victory against Panathinaikos FC on Matchday 1, moved to Sunderland in 2001 from French club AS Cannes. He made 20 Premiership appearances for the north-east side last season, but only started five matches.

Last updated: 16/10/03 15.18CET

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