The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will make a cut-price bid for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, who hasn’t agreed to a new deal with the Liverpool club, the Daily Mirror said. The South African’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Everton rejected several offers from Spurs before the season, the newspaper said.
The 19-year-old was playing at Valencia, United’s next opponent in the Champions League, and Ferguson took the opportunity to scout the player and the team, the newspaper said.
The 60-year-old’s contract in London runs through 2014, and he didn’t rule out a return to France, the newspaper said.
Arsenal forward Carlos Vela and Celtic midfielder Efrain Juarez have been banned from playing on the Mexico national team for six months for organizing a party after an exhibition match earlier this month, the Guardian said.
Eleven other players were fined about 2,500 pounds each after the 1-0 victory over Colombia in Monterrey, the newspaper said.
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