Roeder emerges as favourite to manage West Ham

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Glenn Roeder, who was last in club management five years ago, is the front-runner to succeed Harry Redknapp as West Ham United's manager.

Roeder, 45, who managed Watford from 1993 to 1996 and then worked with Glenn Hoddle in the England set-up, has been at Upton Park for the last two seasons, and was placed in temporary charge on Redknapp's departure.

Manchester United are offering Nicky Butt an improved deal to keep him away from Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough. Boro and Blackburn are prepared to pay around £7m for the England international, but United are offering him a package worth around £45,000-a-week, almost double his current salary.

United seem set to miss out on Lilian Thuram. The 29-year-old defender is reportedly about to join Juventus from Parma in a £23m move worth £2.5m a year to the Frenchman.

Internazionale have given the Argentinian defender Nelson Vivas a two-year contract after signing him from Arsenal on a free transfer. Southampton have completed the £500,000 signing of the Swedish international Anders Svensson from Elfsborg.

The Everton manager Walter Smith wants Anderlecht's £5m-rated Canadian striker Thomas Radzinski to replace Francis Jeffers, who is due for talks with Newcastle but hopes to join Arsenal. Fabrizio Ravanelli, the 32-year-old former Middlesbrough striker, is close to sealing a move to Derby from Lazio. Newcastle may move for the Sparta Rotterdam defender David Mendes da Silva.

England will have four teams in the 2002-2003 Champions' League thanks to Manchester United, Arsenal and Leeds making it to last season's quarter-finals and Liverpool winning the Uefa Cup. Scotland's allocation, however, will drop down to one club.

* Luiz Felipe Scolari became Brazil's third coach in nine months yesterday when he was named as the replacement for Emerson Leão, who was sacked on Monday after Brazil's poor show in the Confederations Cup. Scolari is the only coach to lead two clubs to victory in South America's Libertadores Cup.

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