Football: Seaman out of action for three weeks

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The England goalkeeper David Seaman will not be able to play for three weeks after chipping a bone in his finger.

Seaman suffered the injury during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Coventry at Highfield Road on Saturday and has since had an X-ray, which revealed a fracture. It almost certainly rules him out of England's friendly against Chile at Wembley on 11 February. He definitely misses Arsenal's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday and next Wednesday's Coca- Cola Cup semi-final first leg with Chelsea at Highbury.

Leicester City are hoping to sign the Greek international midfielder and captain of PAOK Salonika, Theodoros Zagorakis, for pounds 2.5m, which would be a club-record fee. The Filbert Street club are also keen on the Stoke City left-back, Andrew Griffin.

Newcastle United have ended their interest in Milan's Swedish striker, Andreas Andersson, after the Italian club asked for a pounds 4m fee.

Southampton are giving trials to two Chinese international centre-backs: Fan Zhiyi, 28, who captains China and plays for Shanghai, and Zhang Enhua, 23, from the Dalian club.

Bradford City are set to name Barry Venison as their new manager. The First Division club's chairman, Geoffrey Richmond, has made the former Liverpool, Newcastle, Sunderland and Southampton full-back his first choice from a short list of candidates to succeed the controversially dismissed Chris Kamara.

Venison, now a television analyst, wants Arthur Cox, his former manager at Newcastle who is now on the coaching staff at Fulham, as his assistant. Richmond approached Venison after moves for Joe Royle and Stuart McCall fell through, while Neil Warnock being linked with the job proved unpopular with the City fans.

Portsmouth have received around 50 applications for their vacant manager's post, following last week's sacking of Terry Fenwick.

The Fratton Park club have already started interviewing candidates, although they say that reports of the former Tottenham manager, Gerry Francis, having a lengthy meeting with the chairman, Martin Gregory, about the job are "pure speculation". Kamara, Warnock, Stewart Houston, Brian Horton and Alan Ball have all been linked with the vacancy.

The PSV Eindhoven coach, Dick Advocaat, is being widely backed as the successor to Walter Smith as manager of Rangers in the summer, when Smith retires.