West Ham Lines Up Portsmouth Coach Grant to Replace Zola: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Grant to West Ham

Portsmouth’s Avram Grant will replace Gianfranco Zola as West Ham coach, the Daily Mirror reported.

The appointment will be announced after Grant leads Pompey in the F.A. Cup final against Chelsea this weekend, the newspaper said.

Zola will sue West Ham after being fired yesterday without being offered any compensation, according to the Mirror.

Scholes’s Late Call

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes decided against joining England’s World Cup squad six hours before the roster was announced yesterday, the Daily Star reported.

The 35-year-old Scholes quit England after the 2004 European Championship, saying he’d had enough of travelling, the Star said.

Hargreaves Left Out

Owen Hargreaves “stormed away” from Manchester United’s Old Trafford three days ago after being denied a chance to show he was fit enough for the World Cup, the Sun reported.

Hargreaves was left out of United’s squad for the season- ending 4-0 win against Stoke City, a week after returning from a 19-month knee injury, the Sun said. He wasn’t included on England’s roster.

James to Tottenham

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James is set to sign for Tottenham on a free transfer, the Daily Mirror reported.

Spurs coach Harry Redknapp wants competition for Heurelho Gomes as he prepares for the club’s first Champions League campaign, the Mirror said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net.

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