Graham chasing Fiorentina's Amoruso

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George Graham, the Leeds United manager, was in Florence last night watching Fiorentina's European Cup-Winners' Cup semi-final second leg against Barcelona and trying to sign the Italian club's pounds 3m-rated central defender Lorenzo Amoruso.

Amoruso has played an integral part in the Italian club's European campaign and is rated one of the best uncapped defenders in Italy. He is reportedly interested in a move to England.

Graham plans to spend around pounds 10m on new faces with five or six players joining his squad in the close season.

Graham has also made moves for Bolton's pounds 3.2m-rated Alan Thompson, the Brentford striker Carl Asaba, the Israeli forward Heim Revivo and the Rangers left-back Davie Robertson.

The Burnley manager, Adrian Heath, wants to sign the experienced midfield player Barry Horne from Birmingham as part of a swap for goalkeeper Marlon Beresford. The Welsh international has been told he can go by the Birmingham manager, Trevor Francis, who is interested in Beresford with his current No 1 Ian Bennett stalling on signing a new deal.

The Portsmouth chairman, Terry Venables, who now owns a controlling interest in the club, will reveal plans for a new stadium for the First Division club today. The club hope to build a new home on a site yet to be decided, although a railway goods yard adjacent to Fratton Park is the most likely option. Portsmouth will get pounds 2m from the Football Trust if they can begin building before the end of this season.

n Cesare Maldini yesterday added Roberto Baggio to the squad for Italy's home World Cup qualifier against Poland on Wednesday. Baggio, 30, who has 45 caps, last played for Italy in September 1995.

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