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Birmingham City's striker Kevin Francis is having a foot operation after being restricted to only two first-team outings in pre-season.

Scott Canham, West Ham midfielder,has joined Brentford, with whom he spent three months on loan last season, for a fee of around pounds 25,000 rising to pounds 60,000 based on appearances. The 21-year-old never played for the Hammers.

BBC Wales has won exclusive television and radio rights to cover Welsh football until the year 2000 in a deal which could be worth pounds 1m.

Philip Carling, the Arsenal marketing manager, is to join the Football Association as commercial director in October. In seven years with the north London club, he played a substantial role in increasing financial turnover from around pounds 4m to more than pounds 20m.

The former Republic of Ireland and Bournemouth goalkeeper ,Tommy Godwin, has died aged 69 at his home in Bournemouth. Godwin, capped 13 times, kept goal when the Republic recorded their first victory against England on English soil: 2-0 at Goodison Park in September 1949.

Plymouth will have to pay Hereford pounds 60,000, plus pounds 20,000 after 25 games, for central defender Tony James, a transfer tribunal ruled today.

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