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Taribo West, the Nigerian international defender, will leave Internazionale to join Milan, according to reports in Italy.

Berti Vogts, the former Germany coach, said yesterday that he could see Lothar Matthaus taking the job of national coach. "Lothar could fill the role," Vogts told German television. "He reads the game well and his experience is unique. It would be good for the German Football Federation."

Germany will play Switzerland in a friendly international on 26 April next year in Kaiserslautern.

The Belgian First Division strugglers Lommel dismissed coach Jos Daerden late on Monday after a poor run of results left the club 17th in the 18- club league. Harm Van Veldhoven will take over until the end of the season.

Bradford City are set to increase the capacity of Valley Parade to 25,000. City have been granted planning permission to add a second tier to the West Stand and a new North West Corner Stand, incorporating new dressing rooms.

Alessandro Dos Santos, the Brazilian midfielder, has been named the J- League Player of the Year, two days after being sent off for violent conduct in the championship decider. Dos Santos, popularly known as Alex, saw his Shimizu S-Pulse team lose on a penalty shoot-out to Jubilo Iwata.

J-LEAGUE AWARDS: Player of the Year: A Dos Santos (Shimizu S-Pulse). Manager of the Year: S Perryman (S-Pulse). Newcomer of the Year: Y Nakazawa (Verdy Kawasaki).

South Africa have included five players with English clubs in their squad for next month's African Nations' Cup finals: Lucas Radebe (Leeds United), Mark Fish (Bolton Wanderers), Andre Arendse (Oxford United), Quinton Fortune (Manchester United) and Eric Tinkler (Barnsley).

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