Football: Boavista striker is set for Elland Road

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Leeds United are to sign Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a pounds 2m deal later this week. George Graham, the Leeds manager, has agreed a price for Boavista's prolific goal scorer and hopes to fly the striker in for talks today.

Like the Chelsea manager, Ruud Gullit, Hasselbaink comes from Surinam and he also started his career in the Netherlands.

Known simply as Jimmy to his supporters in Portugal, he is a cult figure with the unfashionable club where he has made his name this season. The powerful forward is the second highest scorer in Portugal with 20 goals, just behind Porto's Jardel, but he is keen to come to Leeds to try his luck in England.

Hasselbaink's agent has discussed personal terms with Leeds and the transfer is expected to go through smoothly in the next two days.

The signing is being kept under wraps, but Leeds officials are confident they have one of the building blocks for the start of a massive rebuilding programme. Hasselbaink looks an obvious replacement for Brian Deane and with Ian Rush and Lee Sharpe also thought to be on the move, it will be all change at Elland Road.

Ray Harford, the West Bromwich Albion manager, is prepared to commit around half of his pounds 2m transfer kitty to an offer for the Preston winger Kevin Kilbane. Julian Darby, rated at pounds 200,000, has been offered to Preston as part of the deal.

The Northern Ireland international Alan McDonald has signed a two-year contract for Swindon after 17 years at Queen's Park Rangers.

The 33-year-old defender, who has 53 Northern Ireland caps and was captain of the national side for six years, has moved from Loftus Road on a free transfer.

"I'm impressed with the things Steve McMahon wants to do here at Swindon and I can't wait to start," McDonald said. "He has ambitions to get into the play-offs next season and I'd like to think I could play a part in that by using my experience to help bring on some of the younger players."

McMahon, the Swindon manager, said of his new signing: "He's a character and a leader of men and that's what we need at this moment in time."

Gianluca Vialli, who came on for only two minutes at the end of Chelsea's FA Cup final victory on Saturday, scored two goals yesterday in his side's 3-2 friendly win over Hong Kong's South China side.

Dennis Wise and Mark Hughes were missing from the side which turned out at Wembley, but Vialli scored in the 37th and 40th minutes to demonstrate he is not a spent force.

His Italian team-mate Roberto Di Matteo, who scored the fastest Cup final goal this century in 43 seconds on Saturday, added a third just before half-time.

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