O'Neill set for Leicester

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Leicester City and Luton Town are expected to name their new managers today, with Martin O'Neill moving in at Filbert Street and either Mike Walker or Lennie Lawrence taking over at Kenilworth Road.

Norwich City have given Leicester permission to talk to the 43-year-old O'Neill, following his resignation after only six months in charge of the Canaries. The Leicester chairman, Martin George, is negotiating a compensation deal of pounds 500,000 with Norwich, and O'Neill may be appointed in time for Saturday's trip to Grimsby.

Walker and Lawrence have been interviewed by the Luton board for the post vacated by Terry Westley. Walker, who has also been linked with Leicester, has been out of management for 13 months since being sacked by Everton. Lawrence was sacked by Bradford City last month. At another First Division club, West Bromwich Albion, the chairman Tony Hale is prepared to stand down if a new backer comes forward. "If there is somebody with a lot of money who wants to put it into West Bromwich Albion and their heart is in the club, then I will talk to them," he said.

Matthew Wicks, 17, is at the centre of a tug-of-war between three London clubs after deciding that he wants to leave Manchester United. Their manager, Alex Ferguson, is having talks with Tottenham about the defender, who is the subject of a Football Association inquiry into "poaching" allegations made by Arsenal. The Gunners would like him back and Chelsea are also said to be interested in the son of their former defender, Steve Wicks.

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