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George Weah, Milan's Liberian international, has been named Fifa player of the year for 1995. World champions Brazil were named as team of the year.

Reading have paid pounds 40,000 for the Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper, Nicky Hammond, who has been on loan at Elm Park for a month. Plymouth paid Swindon the same amount for him last summer.

Guinea have declined an offer to replace Nigeria in the African Nations' Cup, which starts in South Africa on Saturday as they feel they have insufficent time to prepare a team.

Notts County yesterday signed Tony Battersby, the Sheffield United striker, for pounds 200,000. The Blades new manager, Howard Kendall, has sold another striker, Rob Scott, recently on loan at Northampton, to Fulham for pounds 40,000.

American World Cup striker Eric Wynalda, who is in dispute with his German Bundesliga club Vfl Bochum, has agreed a contract with the new US Major League.

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