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Tottenham Offers to Double Luka Modric’s Salary, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Modric’s Money

Tottenham has offered to pay Luka Modric more than 100,000 pounds ($156,600) a week, doubling his salary as the north London club tries to keep the midfielder, the Daily Mail said.

The player, who tried to move to Chelsea before the start of the season despite signing a six-year contract last year, would be Spurs’ first player to make more than 100,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said.

The offer is for 95,000 pounds a week with a possible bonus that could raise it to 130,000 pounds, the newspaper said.

Hazard Battle

Real Madrid and Arsenal will fight to sign Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, the Daily Mirror said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tried to sign the 20-year-old before the start of this season but Real’s director of football Zinedine Zidane is pushing the French club not to listen to the Gunner’s offer, the newspaper said.

Real are monitoring the forward, which may hurt Arsenal’s chance to sign the Belgian, the newspaper said.

Tottenham’s King

Ledley King said he has 20 games to win a contract extension from Tottenham, the Sun said.

The defender wants to remain at the north London club, where he’s spent 13 seasons, although the team’s board may let the oft-injured player to leave when his contract ends, the newspaper said.

King has chronic knee problems that make it difficult to play more than one game a week, the newspaper said.

Lampard Rejection

Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas said Frank Lampard has an important role at the club, and rejected questions about the futures of the midfielder and striker Didier Drogba, the Guardian said.

Lampard hasn’t played an entire game since Sept. 10, while Drogba came on as a substitute last week after missing a month with concussion, the newspaper said. The manager, who wouldn’t say whether Lampard will start tonight’s Champions League match, said he was trying to rotate his players to keep the squad fresh, the newspaper said.

Barton for England?

Joey Barton says he wants England coach Fabio Capello to return him to the national team, the Daily Express said.

The 29-year-old moved to Queen’s Park Rangers this year after a dispute with Newcastle United. He said he may want to play until he’s nearly 40, the newspaper said.

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