Arsenal Has Bid for Santos Accepted, Lines Up Malouda Move: Soccer Roundup

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

Wenger Makes Moves

Arsenal had a 6.2 million-pound ($10.1 million) bid accepted for Brazilian left-back Andre Santos and has lined up an 8 million-pound move for Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, the Sun reported.

The Santos deal has been agreed with Turkey’s Fenerbahce and will be completed if he passes a medical, the Sun said.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger also offered 7 million pounds for Chelsea center-back Alex and is keen on his midfield teammate Yossi Benayoun, the newspaper added. With the transfer window closing tomorrow, Wenger hasn’t given up on signing Bolton defender Gary Cahill, the Sun said.

Silent Treatment

Wenger didn’t speak to his players following Arsenal’s 8-2 Premier League defeat at Manchester United two days ago, the Daily Mirror reported.

Senior players had expected to be berated following Arsenal’s worst English league loss since 1896, though Wenger was lost for words, the newspaper said.

Board Backing

Arsenal’s board has given Wenger a vote of confidence after the rout at Old Trafford, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing a senior club source it didn’t identify. The board’s stance that Wenger’s position is “rock solid” is endorsed by club owner Stan Kroenke, the newspaper added.

Still Wanted

Chelsea may return with an improved offer for Raul Meireles after Liverpool rejected an 8 million pounds plus bid for the Portuguese midfielder, the Daily Mail reported.

Although Meireles is out for 10 days with a collarbone injury, he’s still wanted by Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, who worked with him at Porto, the newspaper said. Porto wing- back Alvaro Pereira, meantime, wants his club to accept Chelsea’s offer and allow him to be reunited with Villas-Boas, the Mail added.

Russians Want Vidic

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is a 25 million- pound target for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, which wants to follow last week’s signing of Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o by adding a top defender, the Sun reported.

Anzhi will test United’s resolve with an imminent bid for Vidic, who cost 7 million pounds from Spartak Moscow in 2006, the Sun said.

Sunderland Striker

Sunderland will make a club-record bid of 14 million pounds for Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse, the Mirror reported.

Black Cats manager Steve Bruce is looking to offload some players to finance the deal for Cisse, who was in talks with Blackburn Rovers at the start of the transfer window, the Mirror said. Bruce is also considering taking Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on loan, the newspaper added.

Tottenham Test

Tottenham is prepared to test Owen Hargreaves’s claim that he can play 40 games a season by giving the former England midfielder a medical exam this week, the Independent reported.

Free agent Hargreaves, who has suffered serious knee problems in his career, gave an interview last weekend in which he said that he could play 40 games and would “blow people away,” the Independent added.

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