Bayern go cold on Campbell

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Sol Campbell's future is still in doubt, with Bayern Munich re-entering the race for his signature – according to Franz Beckenbauer, but not Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Yesterday, Tottenham's 26-year-old central defender became a free agent, and Beckenbauer, the Bayern president, was reported in a German paper as saying: "It is true we have made an offer for Campbell. He is a much sought after man, which is not surprising as he is world class."

However, the club's vice-president Rummenigge denied making a move for the England international, saying that Campbell's annual salary demands of DM18.7m [£6m], more than double what the club captain Stefan Effenberg earns, would put Bayern out of the running.

"Acquiring him would be a problem because of his salary expectations alone," Rummenigge said. "If he earns DM19m, then what would, say, [the Bayern goalkeeper] Oliver Kahn earn?"

Celtic's manager, Martin O'Neill, has been offered a £2m stake in the club as part of a £25m share issue. O'Neill will receive the shares if he agrees to stay on as manager for an extra year after his current contract expires in mid-2003.

The deal was revealed in documents issued to the Stock Exchange in preparation for the share issue launch today.

O'Neill has been widely tipped as Manchester United's preferred successor to Sir Alex Ferguson and the "golden handcuffs" offer would see him receive none of that cash if he left Parkhead in 2003.

Sir Alex will return to active duties on the training ground next season, his last in charge at Old Trafford. The United manager has decided against making a high-profile appointment following the departure of his assistant, Steve McClaren, to Middlesbrough.

Instead, Jim Ryan steps up from first-team coach to assistant manager with Mike Phelan switching from the reserves to take his place. Brian McClair becomes reserve-team coach.

The Leicester chairman, John Elsom, said yesterday that Muzzy Izzett is "not for sale at any price", despite reports that he is on the verge of agreeing an £8m move to Aston Villa.

Robert Malcolm, the Rangers defender, could find himself in trouble with the authorities and his manager after turning out in an amateur six-a-side tournament. The Scotland Under-21 international was pictured in a Sunday newspaper taking part in a competition in Glasgow.

Scottish Football Association rules prevent professionals from playing in such games without permission, and Malcolm faces an automatic ban.

The Aberdeen striker Arild Stavrum is on the verge of competing a £250,000 move to the Turkish club Besiktas.

Colombia has been reinstated as host for the Copa America but the event is to be postponed until next year The South American football federation had taken the event away after the Colombian FA's vice-president, Hernan Mejia Campuzano, was kidnapped less than two weeks before the tournament was due to start.

The former West Ham striker Marc Vivien-Foé scored as Cameroon became the first team to reach the 2002 World Cup finals when they beat Togo 2-0 in Yaoundé yesterday.

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