Football: Spurs' offer of pounds 11m for Juninho accepted

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Tottenham have had an offer of pounds 11m for Juninho accepted by Middlesbrough and now face the task of persuading the Brazilian midfielder to sign for them.

Alan Sugar, Tottenham's chairman, said last night that he was awaiting arrangements for talks with the 24-year-old in Brazil. The Spurs manager, Gerry Francis, said: "Juninho would be a wonderful coup and I am also in negotiation with other players."

Celtic's general manager, Jock Brown, yesterday refused to be drawn on the club's new first team coach, but Bobby Robson dropped a clear hint he is prepared to leave Barcelona. Robson has been strongly tipped to be the man Celtic want to lead them into a new era of Scottish football. But Brown refuses to discuss names, beyond insisting that the new coach will have a proven track record in football's big league.

Brown, who has been in his post for less than a week, said: "We're interested in appointing a head coach with a track record that proves he's a top class coach."

Robson's side won the Spanish Cup against Real Betis on Saturday night, and admitted it would be a great way to pull down the curtain on his stormy, yet successful, year in Barcelona.

The Ajax coach, Louis van Gaal, is expected to take over as coach at the Nou Camp, but Robson - offered an upstairs role by the club - said: "I don't have to leave," adding that he had agreed to the change.

Barcelona's Ronaldo scored last night as Brazil beat the hosts, Bolivia, 3-1 in the final of the Copa America in La Paz.

Tomas Brolin, Leeds United's unsettled Swedish international, is about to move to the French champions, Monaco - by royal request. Brolin is admired by Prince Albert who has suggested that the club sign him. The striker flew to the Principality yesterday for talks that could lead to a pounds 2m move.

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