Sporting Digest: Football

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Derby have taken the Italian midfielder Alessandro Orlando on trial for two days. The Udinese player will join fellow Italians Stefano Eranio and Francesco Baiano. Orlando, 27, made 17 appearances in Serie A last season but he has been unable to hold down a regular first-team place this season.

Queen's Park Rangers have signed Blackburn's reserve goalkeeper Tony Williams on loan for one month. The 20-year-old comes in as cover for Lee Harper because Tony Roberts is out for the season with a hand injury and Jurgen Sommer has returned to the United States.

The former athlete Pietro Mennea has taken over as director-general of the Italian Serie B side Salernitana. Mennea, who held the world 200 metres record for 17 years, will be responsible for the club's media relations.