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