Todd competes with Eindhoven for Flo

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The hopes of Colin Todd, the Bolton Wanderers manager, of doing a club record pounds 2.3m deal for Brann Bergen's Norwegian international striker Tore Andre Flo have been dented by the Dutch league leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Todd wants Flo to be the major summer signing for the First Division champions, but now he faces a fight for his signature as PSV want Flo to lead their Champions' League campaign next season.

Flo impressed Eindhoven when he helped knock them out of Europe earlier this season, and they have now made an approach. However, Flo showed he was keen to come to England by talking to Everton last month and Todd has not given up the chase.

The Leeds United manager, George Graham, has made a second bid for Bolton's midfielder Alan Thompson. Graham is willing to go above his first pounds 3m offer, but Bolton insist they will not sell.

Dave Watson, the Everton caretaker manager, has denied reports from Italy suggesting Everton are set to sign the Roma midfielder Francesco Moriero. "As far as I'm concerned there is no truth in it," Watson said. "There will be no new signings until a new manager is appointed here at the end of the season."

Birmingham City have cancelled the contract of their Swedish international winger Anders Limpar after only a three-month spell at St Andrews. The Blues manager Trevor Francis admitted signing Limpar from Everton for pounds 100,000 in January was a gamble that had not paid off.

The former Arsenal player, who had signed until the end of the season, was recently fined after failing to turn up for a reserve match. "His ability and technique were never in question," Francis said, "but he has had one or two problems with other managers concerning commitment.

"I felt he may have provided us with that extra bit of quality we needed. Rather than let him hang around until the end of the season, I decided it was better if he was released from his contract now."

The Welsh FA's management committee met at a hotel near Wrexham last night to discuss the charges of racism levelled at their manager, Bobby Gould, by the Bolton striker Nathan Blake. The result of the meeting and the consequences for Gould are due to be conveyed to today's meeting of the full FA of Wales Council, after which an announcement will be made.

The benefit match long promised to Jean-Marc Bosman hit another snag yesterday when the Belgian football association said it would oppose the game.

The International Players' Union said on Monday the match was very likely to go ahead in Brussels. However, the Belgian FA spokeman, Guido De Windt, said yesterday: "One, we are not aware of it; two, there has been no request; three, the union's executive committee would have to decide but I fear it will be no. In the circumstances there is no way we would co-operate."

He pointed out that Bosman was still sueing the union and his former club FC Liege for damages in connection with a blocked transfer to the French team Dunkirk in 1990.

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