Football: Rangers want prompt decision on Durie

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Rangers and Tottenham face a decision today over Gordon Durie, the London club's unsettled Scottish international striker, who must be an Ibrox player by tomorrow if he is to help them reach the European Cup final.

Spurs are holding out for the pounds 2.2m they paid Chelsea for Durie, and have rejected Rangers' offer of pounds 1.5m. Both clubs want to resolve the saga - Spurs to finance the pounds 750,000 purchase of Dynamo Kiev's Oleg Salenko as a replacement, Rangers because Durie could face CSKA Moscow, Bruges and Marseille only if he signs before the deadline - and a compromise may be imminent.

David Speedie, Southampton's former Scotland striker, is considering a pounds 250,000 move to Portsmouth. Speedie lives in the Midlands and has been on loan at Birmingham, but the Pompey manager, Jim Smith, is not insisting he moves to the south coast.

Bruce Grobbelaar's 12-year association with Liverpool moved closer to a conclusion last night. The veteran goalkeeper apparently expected a recall against Bolton after being summoned from Angola, where he was on World Cup duty with Zimbabwe, but Mike Hooper retained his place. Grobbelaar said: 'You don't come back 8,000 miles just to sit around and twiddle your thumbs.'

Howard Kendall, the Everton manager, yesterday promised renewed efforts to revive the club following their FA Cup replay home defeat by Wimbledon. 'My feelings for the club match those of the most fanatical of Evertonians,' he said. 'I know how disappointed they are and I accept the present situation is not good enough. But surely it is better to have someone in the job who understands how they feel and knows exactly what is needed to put things right.

'People are looking for bad news right now and unfortunately we are giving them all the ammunition they want. Big club, bad results, out of the cups and down the table. We are the target and we must accept that. But we will fight back. I can promise that.' Everton, sixth from bottom with attendances down to 14,000, face Leeds on Saturday.

Brian Clough wants to extend his contract at Nottingham Forest. Clough, 58 in March, has been at Forest 18 years, but he wants to surpass Billy Walker's 21-year reign at the club, from 1939 to 1960. 'I have already spoken to my chairman about staying another season,' Clough said, 'but I am ready to sit down and discuss a longer deal.'

David Kohler, Luton Town's managing director, is considering an pounds 800,000 offer for the club from the Sheffield businessman, Keith Haslam, whose late father, Harry, managed the club for six years from 1972.

Diego Maradona, now with Seville, has been recalled by Argentina for a friendly against Brazil in Buenos Aires on 18 February. Maradona, 32, last played for his country in the 1990 World Cup final.

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