Football: Coleman on his way to the Cottage

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Kevin Keegan took his spending at Fulham past the pounds 5m mark yesterday when he signed Chris Coleman from Blackburn Rovers. The Second Division club negotiated improved terms with the Wales centre-back over the weekend after talks broke down last week.

Coleman met Keegan and the Fulham manager, Ray Wilkins, while they were in the North-west for their disappointing defeat at Preston to sort out a contract worth almost pounds 1m over three years. Coleman has not played first- team football for more than a season since rupturing an Achilles tendon.

Graham Kelly, the Football Association's chief executive, has written to Uefa strongly urging them to restore the European place for the Coca- Cola Cup winners. The European governing body will discuss the matter at an executive meeting this week.

Uefa said the annual inter-continental cup match between the champions of Europe and South America - the Toyota Cup - will not be replaced by a world club championship, proposals about which are being studied. "Plans for a world champions' league are a separate issue," said a spokesman.