Sporting Digest: Football

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The veteran Argentine coach Cesar Menotti has left the Italian Serie A club Sampdoria, whom he joined in the summer.

The Leicester striker Tony Cottee has joined First Division Birmingham on loan for a month and is set to make his debut at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Middlesbrough and Republic of Ireland winger Alan Moore has had a second calf operation to save his career. Moore, 22, will miss most of the season.

Southampton have invited the Norwegian midfield player Bjorn Johansen to The Dell for a two-week trial before sealing his pounds 400,000 transfer from Tromso.

The Isthmian Football League has agreed a new sponsorship deal with the stationery and office suppliers, Rymans.