Liverpool Goalkeeper Reina Drops Hint About Leaving, Mail Says: Roundup

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

Reina Exit?

Goalkeeper Jose Reina hinted he could leave Liverpool after the season in search of trophies, the Daily Mail said.

Reina said he would stay at Liverpool “at least until the end of the season,” even though he has a six-year contract. Liverpool’s last title was the 2006 F.A. Cup.

“I signed a six-year deal seven months ago and I’m happy at the club, but every footballer wants to be competing for trophies and winning things,” Reina was quoted as saying.

Ref Relegation

Stoke manager Tony Pulis wants to see three referees dropped from the Premier League each season, just like the bottom teams in the standings, the Sun said.

Pulis believes Stoke has lost seven points this season through refereeing decisions, the Sun said. He wants each club to vote on the officials, with the three lowest-rated relegated to the Championship and the top three from that league promoted, the newspaper said.

City Boys

Carlos Tevez says he’d love former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney to join him at Manchester City, the Daily Mirror said.

Rooney recently signed a five-year contract with United after saying he wanted to leave. The striker is in the U.S. for treatment on an ankle injury and will miss tomorrow’s Manchester derby.

“For me he is the best English striker of recent years,” Tevez was quoted as saying. “I would have liked him to come here, of course. But it was complicated for him to leave United.”

Villa Spat

John Carew looks likely to leave Aston Villa in January after a fallout with manager Gerard Houllier, the Guardian said.

Carew criticized Houllier in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper last weekend and the manager responded by calling the striker “stupid” and challenged Carew to prove he was worthy of a new contract, the Guardian said. Carew’s contract ends after this season, the newspaper added.

Young Interest

Fulham manager Mark Hughes has reignited his interest in Aston Villa defender Luke Young, the Daily Mirror said.

Hughes failed with a 2 million-pound ($3.2 million) bid for Young in the summer and is ready to return in January with a new offer, the Mirror said.

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