Tottenham Plans New Bid for Everton's Neville, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

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Spurs Bid

Tottenham is preparing second bid for Everton captain Phil Neville before the end of the transfer period in three days, the Daily Mirror said.

Neville, 34, is interested in leaving Everton to play in the Champions League with Spurs, the Mirror said. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp also wants the defender to provide leadership in the dressing room, which he feels the club currently lacks, the newspaper said. Everton turned down a bid for Neville earlier this month.

Reina Interest

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is considering a 20 million-pound ($31.7 million) move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to replace Edwin van der Sar, the Daily Star said.

Van der Sar, 40, announced yesterday he would retire at the end of this season and Ferguson is determined to sign a world- class replacement, the Star said. Liverpool’s new owners are reluctant to sell 28-year-old Reina, who has spoken of a desire to play in the Champions League and may be tempted to move to United, the newspaper said.

Turned Down

West Ham rejected Tottenham’s offer of striker Robbie Keane and 2 million pounds for midfielder Scott Parker, the Daily Telegraph said.

West Ham has targeted Keane during the current transfer period and hoped that by agreeing to Tottenham’s demands of a 1 million-pound loan fee plus a permanent 6 million-pound transfer in the summer should it avoid relegation, a move would go through, the Telegraph said.

Spurs responded by asking for a permanent move to Keane now, which included Parker, something the Hammers don’t want to commit to, the newspaper said.

Capello Regrets

England manager Fabio Capello admitted he made a mistake in leaving Arsenal winger Theo Walcott off last year’s World Cup squad, the Sun said.

Walcott was not selected because he was returning from injury and not fit enough to pay full games, the Sun said. Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon, who was also injured before the World Cup, was taken to South Africa.

“I made a mistake in not selecting Theo,” the Sun cited Capello as saying. “He is one of the players who can make a difference. I should have taken him.”

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