Wenger in talks over pounds 10m Weah deal

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Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, flew to Turin on Sunday to watch George Weah play for Milan. Wenger had talks with Weah's advisers afterwards in an attempt to tempt the Liberian striker to London as soon as possible.

Wenger is hoping that his long friendship with Weah will prove decisive as he moves to bring him to Highbury in a pounds 10m deal. Weah has told Milan that he would like to move at the end of this season to try his luck in England or America. Milan have lined up Ajax's Patrick Kluivert as Weah's replacement.

Wenger, who was manager over Weah at Monaco, is determined to bring that timing forward, ideally to around Christmas. The Frenchman will report back to the Highbury hierarchy with the figures for the deal, both now and at the end of the season.

Milan would want a large fee for Weah to leave immediately as they do not have a replacement for him in their bid for the Champions' League. Kluivert is already cup-tied. Wenger has also been linked with the Juventus full-back Moreno Torricelli, who plays against Manchester United in the Champions' League tonight.

One of Middlesbrough's problems could be settled after the manager, Bryan Robson, announced that the Brazilian Emerson will be staying with the club. Robson emerged from talks with the midfield player at the Riverside Stadium to make a six word statement that all Middlesbrough fans wanted to hear: "Emo is staying at the club."

Robson has promised to try to make life as comfortable as possible for Emerson's home-sick girlfriend Andrea, by providing her with a permanent interpreter.

Internazionale yesterday played down speculation linking their British coach, Roy Hodgson, with a move to Blackburn. The Italian club's vice- president Gianmaria Visconti said they had received no approach and that the time was not right for any club to ask permission to speak to Hodgson.

Peterborough yesterday parted company with their assistant manager, Lil Fuccillo, and the first-team coach, Mick Halsall, as an economy measure.

Scotland will resist any attempt by Estonia to stage their World Cup re-match in Cyprus.

The Estonian authorities have chosen the Mediterranean island as their preferred venue for the game, with 11 February the proposed date. Although the date may be acceptable, Scotland want the match staged closer to Britain for the sake of their travelling support.

David Findlay, the Scottish Football Association spokesman, said: "We do not see why our supporters should have to make a journey of more than five hours flying time when the original match was only a couple of hours away."

Findlay said the SFA will press for the re-match to be played in southern Spain, southern France, southern Italy or southern Portugal "which are far closer for our supporters".