Leeds ready to repel Turks

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Leeds United could seek the support of Uefa, football's European governing body, in an attempt to keep their manager, Howard Wilkinson, away from the Turkish predators, Galatasaray.

The Istanbul club, seeking a replacement coach after sacking Reinhard Saftig, initially asked Wilkinson to recommend likely candidates from Britain - and then offered the Leeds manager, who has two years to run on his Elland Road contract, a three-year deal worth up to £3m.

"I want to see Howard as soon as possible to discover how this job offer came about," the Leeds managing director, Bill Fotherby, said yesterday.

"He is under contract to us and is not going anywhere. It seems to me that this could be an illegal approach, and if that is the case I shall contact Uefa to complain. We would take a dim view of any club making an offer to our manager while he is under contract." Wilkinson was not available for comment.

From managers in demand to strikers: Bayern Munich have emphasised their desire to capture Jrgen Klinsmann - should Tottenham make the German international available this summer. Franz Beckenbauer, the former captain of the Bundesliga champions who is now their president, said: "He knows that we want him. If he wants to come here he's cordially welcome. The transfer fee fits, the deal can be financed, but the decision is Jrgen's alone." It is believed that Klinsmann may wish to move on from White Hart Lane if Spurs are not playing in Europe next season.

Andy Hinchcliffe, the Everton defender, has been reported to the Football Association by West Yorkshire police after Spurs fans alleged that he made offensive gestures to the crowd during Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Elland Road. Spurs have made their own protests to the FA after an Everton fan allegedly punched Klinsmann after the game. "It was diabolical behaviour and those Everton fans should be ashamed of themselves," Alan Sugar, the Spurs chairman, said.

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