The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Mascherano for Inter?
New manager Roy Hodgson warned Liverpool supporters that the club needs several signings to remove the “doom and gloom” of last season, when the team finished seventh in the Premier League. By going to Inter, Mascherano would be reunited with former manager Rafael Benitez.
Doubt Over Torres
Torres has been talking with managing director Christian Purslow for the last two days, Hodgson told the newspaper, but has yet to speak to the manager or say he’ll remain at the club.
Sunderland Wants James
Coach Steve Bruce had considered making a short-term offer for the former Portsmouth and Liverpool player after Sunderland’s Craig Gordon broke his arm, though now he’s thinking of a longer-term deal after Ipswich made a bid for backup Marton Fulop.
West Ham Target
West Ham is leading the bidding for Nice striker Loic Remy after increasing its offer to 13 million pounds, the Mail reported. Several clubs, including Liverpool, are considering trying to sign the player.
Nice general manager Patrick Governatori said the new offer “suits us. If Liverpool want him, we need clear arrangements and commitments.”
Liverpool is considering offering Nabil El Zhar and midfielder Damien Plessis, valued at about 700,000 pounds each, along with cash to fund the 14 million-pound valuation of Remy, the Daily Mirror said.