Football: German captain decides on Italy

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Jurgen Klinsmann yesterday put Tottenham, Everton, Bolton and seemingly the rest of the Premiership out of their misery by agreeing a one-year contract with Sampdoria.

The German captain, who will be 33 in July, will join the Italian club at the end of the season. He has been unsettled at Bayern Munich for much of the two years since leaving Spurs and last weekend he bellowed at coach Giovanni Trapattoni and kicked a hole in an advertising board after being substituted. However, he scored last night in a 3-0 victory over Hansa Rostock that kept Bayern on course to the Bundesliga title.

One foreigner heading to England next season is Stefano Eranio. The 30- year-old midfielder, whose contract at Milan ends in summer, has agreed a three-year deal with Derby.

The midfielder Alan Thompson has turned down a pounds 3.5m move to Leeds United to sign a new contract with Premiership newcomers Bolton Wanderers.

Darren Eadie, the 21-year-old Norwich striker, has been called into the England squad for the summer internationals in place of injured Paul Merson.

Mark McGhee has dismissed accusations of moral blackmail and not being up to the job as the manager of Wolves made by the club's owner Jack Hayward.

The 74-year-old millionaire, who has invested pounds 40m over the last seven years, said the club was being sloppily run and that someone with McGhee's lack of success should "gracefully retire". However, McGhee will stay for one more season at least.

"Regardless of his frustrations, he anticipated that I could deliver what I know he and the chairman [Hayward's son, Jonathan] want - Premiership football," McGhee said.

Hayward said: "I have been blackmailed in the sense that I have kept putting my hand in my pocket. But that's my fault, I'm the mug. I have kept saying `yes' out of my desire to see Wolves in the Premiership."

Dave Bassett has made Bobby Houghton his No 2 at Nottingham Forest. Houghton coached the Malmo side beaten by Forest in the 1979 European Cup final.

Queen's Park Rangers have signed the England Under-21 defender Matthew Rose from Arsenal for pounds 500,000.

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