Football: Charlton consider home at the Dome

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CHARLTON ATHLETIC are investigating the possibility of building a new 45,000 all-seat stadium at the Millennium Dome site in Greenwich.

The south London club have made The Valley into a 20,000-capacity venue since returning to the ground in 1992 and have plans for further expansion. But their managing director, Peter Varney, said the club would be wrong to ignore the Dome option. "English Partnership, who are acting for the Millennium Experience company, have asked people who may be interested to register their interest," he said.

"We've discussed the matter internally and we consider that, because of the size of the site and the amount of possible grants that may be available and the sheer volume of income that could be generated by a site that size, it's incumbent on us to at least investigate what the various possibilities are.

"There's no secretive behind-the-scenes deals being done," Varney added. "All that's happened is there is a possibility to declare an interest and to see what the financial effects of any move might be. I think that's what any sound business would do when a site of this size become available only half a mile from where the ground is currently located.

"Hopefully we'll stay in the Premiership this year, and then we'll be in a position to expand even more."

Halifax Town have sacked their player-manager, Kieran O'Regan, and his assistant, Andy May. O'Regan took over at The Shay from George Mulhall after Halifax's return to the Nationwide League in August.

Vitesse Arnhem's Dutch winger Willem Korsten will complete a pounds 1.5m move to Leeds within the next week after spending the last three months on loan at Elland Road.

The Marseilles striker Titi Camara has claimed that he will join Liverpool in the close season. The 26-year-old said negotiations with the Anfield club were at an advanced stage.

Sheffield Wednesday are to give a week's trial to the former German international midfielder Marco Haber, who is currently with Las Palmas of the Spanish Second Division.

West Ham's Chilean international defender Javier Margas has said he would rather hang up his boots than return to play in England.

Margas, who is recovering from a long-term knee injury in Chile, said he would decide his future in August, when he is scheduled to return to Upton Park. "I have spoken a lot with my family and what is for sure is that none of us is happy with life in England," he said.

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