Sporting Digest: Football

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Coventry City have lost out to Benfica in the race to sign the 21-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger Boudewijn Zenden, who is in the Netherlands' World Cup squad.

The Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall is returning to Bradford City, the club where he started his career, on a three-year contract worth a reported pounds 1m.

The Queen's Park Rangers striker Iain Dowie will captain Northern Ireland in tomorrow's friendly against Spain in Santander.

The Nottingham Forest trio Ian Woan, Ian Moore and Dave Beasant are all due in hospital for routine knee operations over the next few weeks.

Steve McMahon, the Swindon manager, will complete his third summer signing in two weeks' time when the goalkeeper Jimmy Glass completes a free transfer from Bournemouth after he returns from holiday.