Football: Klinsmann set for Italy move

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Jurgen Klinsmann is on the verge of signing for the Italian side Parma, in the process disappointing Tottenham, Everton and Bolton Wanderers.

The Bayern Munich striker has had an offer from the Serie A side which meets his demands for a pounds 2.5m one-year contract, and the deal comes with the promise of a place in the Champions' League if Parma finish second behind Juventus.

Gianfranco Zola has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be fit for the FA Cup final against Middlesbrough. However, he is being rested for Chelsea's last League match against Everton tomorrow.

Alan Sugar, the Tottenham chairman, is threatening to quit the club if they do not win the Premiership title within the next two years. "I'll do my best for the next couple of years," he said. "If I can't crack it, I'll let some other brain surgeon come in and have a go. I'll clear off."

Across north London, Arsenal have signed Luton's 18-year-old central defender Matthew Upson for a undisclosed fee, beating competition from Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday. The 18- year-old, who has yet to play a full league match, is seen as a long-term successor at Highbury for the 34-year-old Steve Bould

Roy Hodgson is to offer Keith Blunt, the director of coaching at the Football Association's Centre of Excellence, a place on his Rovers back- room team. Blunt is behind the stream of talent emanating from Lilleshall, with Andy Cole and Nick Barmby among his discoveries.

Hodgson is also keen to bring in Bobby Houghton as his assistant. The two have been close since their days at Bristol City, when Houghton was manager.

Liverpool are to give the Israel captain, Tal Banin, the chance to secure a move to Anfield. Roy Evans is seeking clearance to play the midfielder in the reserve game with Everton on Monday before deciding whether to take him on a free transfer.

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