The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Juventus Chasing Pienaar
Juventus has joined Tottenham in the race to sign Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, the Daily Mail reported.
The 28-year-old South African will be out of contract next summer and will be allowed to talk to foreign clubs from January 1, the paper said.
Broughton Turns Down Job
Liverpool chairman and British Airways board member Martin Broughton turned down an opportunity to become the new chairman of the Football Association, the Guardian reported.
“When it comes to football, my priority remains finding a suitable new owner for Liverpool,” the paper quoted Broughton as saying.
Houllier’s Write Off
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will have three months to decide whether to write off three players who will all be out of contract next summer, the Daily Mirror reported.
Nigel Reo-Coker, Steve Sidwell and John Carew have a combined value of 16 million pounds ($25.3 million).
Eccleston on Loan?
Southampton is interested in signing Liverpool player Nathan Eccleston on loan, the Daily Mail reported. Eccleston, 19, had been on loan at Huddersfield last season.
MK Dons may offer a contract to rugby player Danny Cipriani should his move to Australian side Melbourne Rebels not be successful, the Daily Mail reported.
Fly-half Cipriani impressed MK Dons manager Karl Robinson with his soccer skills when he trained with the club for two weeks before starting his two-year contract in Melbourne.
Reina Asks for Patience
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has warned fans the club may not be back at its best for six months, the Daily Mail reported.
The club has gotten only six points from six matches under new manager Roy Hodgson.
“When you have so many changes moving in a new direction under a new boss, things don’t happen instantly,” the newspaper quoted the Spaniard as saying. “It can take between three to six months before you see improvements. Obviously the quicker we adapt and improve as a team the better it will be for everyone.”
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