Gallas's Wage Demands `Extravagant,' Hill-Wood Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Gallas, Going, Gone

Arsenal defender William Gallas may not re-sign with the club after chairman Peter Hill-Wood called his 80,000 pounds ($118,000)-a-week wage demand “extravagant,” the Daily Star said.

The 32-year-old’s contract expires before next season, and he’s likely to go to Paris Saint-Germain.

Beckford to Everton

Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford will probably move to Everton on a free transfer after chairman Ken Bates resigned himself to losing the player, the Daily Mail said. Bates, who had been optimistic about keeping Beckford, said it’s difficult to get in touch with his agent.

Chelsea Shop Window

Chelsea and Tottenham held a closed practice match yesterday to allow other clubs to look at the players the two teams want to offload, the Daily Mail said.

Coaches from the Championship and League One clubs watched players including Spurs’ Dean Parrett and John Bostock and Chelsea’s Ben Gordon, the newspaper said. Some players may be sold and some sent on loan to gain experience, the Mail said.

Ibrahimovic’s Move?

Barcelona is offering striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Chelsea and Manchester City for more than 40 million pounds, which would be a British transfer record, the Mail said. Chelsea is holding out for Liverpool’s Fernando Torres, but may switch if the Spaniard doesn’t want to leave, the newspaper said.

Hodgson at Home

Fulham coach Roy Hodgson plans to stay at the club after leading the Cottagers to the final of the Europa League, the Sun said. The manager, who’s been linked with the England national team and Liverpool, said he’s committed to honoring his rolling contract with Fulham, the newspaper said.

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