Football: Kendall checking up on Cameroon's leading light

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With his England defender Andy Hinchcliffe almost certainly bound for Sheffield Wednesday, Everton's manager, Howard Kendall, wants to buy the Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe with the money from the sale. Kendall has watched the 22-year-old Foe, who has played a leading part in Lens' successful season in the French League, and also had him assessed in the past couple of weeks and is keen on a pounds 2.5m transfer.

Everton are also giving a trial to John O'Kane, a Manchester United reserve player. Kendall could fill the potential void created by Hinchcliffe's impending departure with the 23-year-old, who has been unable to force his way into the first team at Old Trafford.

Sunderland have completed the signing of Daniele Dichio, the former Queen's Park Rangers striker, from Sampdoria. The 23-year-old will join the squad for tomorrow's First Division game at Norwich.

Colin Todd wants Celtic's unsettled striker Tommy Johnson to help Bolton's struggle against relegation. The Bolton manager is hoping to take the former Aston Villa forward on loan for three months.

The West Ham striker Samassi Abou has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his confrontation with David Elleray after the referee sent him off against Tottenham nine days ago. Abou reacted angrily after being shown red following a clash with Spurs' Ramon Vega. The Frenchman accused Vega of diving, although there appeared to have been some contact.

Rod Wallace, put on the transfer list by the Leeds United manager, George Graham, could be on his way to Middlesbrough. Wallace was put up for sale nine days ago after Graham lost patience with the reluctance of the 28-year-old and his agent to negotiate a new contract. Middlesbrough are believed to be lining up a pounds 1.5m offer for him.

Harry Kewell, Leeds' 19-year-old striker, has been offered a new improved deal with the Elland Road club, even though he signed a four-year professional contract just seven months ago. The Australian international has impressed this season after helping to spearhead Leeds' successful FA Youth Cup campaign last year.

Middlesbrough will fight any moves to make them pay for Mikkel Beck. The Danish international striker joined the Teessiders on a free transfer two years ago from Fortuna Cologne, but a German court has ruled that Middlesbrough must pay pounds 1m for the player.

Boro's manager, Bryan Robson, yesterday brought his glittering playing career to a close, almost 13 months after the midfielder played his last match.

The former Manchester United and England captain said that he had no regrets about bringing down the curtain on his playing career. He said: "I have had a wonderful career. I wish I could start all over again."

Stoke City have taken the Celtic left-back, Tosh McKinlay, on loan for three months.

The Football Association of Ireland yesterday underlined its opposition to a projected move by Wimbledon from south London to Dublin. The FAI decided to reiterate it was against such a move after Irish press reports last week suggested it was relaxing its stance on the issue. The press speculation followed a visit by Wimbledon's part-owner, Sam Hamman, last week to lobby various leading Irish clubs on the proposed move.

The FAI said: "On the issue of Wimbledon Football Club relocating to Dublin, the Board wishes it to be known categorically that privately and collectively they are against such a move."

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