The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
The Reds have an agreement with Mascherano to let him leave Anfield if an overseas club matches its 25 million-pound ($39 million) valuation, the newspaper said.
Hodgson is prepared to keep the Argentina captain until his contract expires in 2012 rather than sell him for a lower price, the Guardian said.
Blackburn’s Beckham Hope
Ahsan Ali Syed wants to sign David Beckham if he completes a takeover of 1995 English champion Blackburn, the Daily Mail reported.
“If my finances allow it, and his intentions are positive, then I would love to take Beckham,” the newspaper quoted Syed as saying.
The Bahrain-based Indian tycoon has pledged to spend 100 million pounds on new players if his takeover goes ahead.
Vuvuzela’s the Word
“Vuvuzela,” the name of the trumpet that gained fame during soccer’s World Cup in South Africa, has entered the Oxford Dictionary of English, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The sound of the horn was a permanent accompaniment to the 64-match tournament held on African soil for the first time.
Wednesday is available for 5 million pounds and Co- operative Bank Plc is willing to write off some of a 20 million- pound debt it’s owed, the Mirror said.
Squillaci for Arsenal?