MLS’s Chicago Fire Wants to Sign Rio Ferdinand, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

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Chicago Wants Rio

Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire wants to sign Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, the Daily Mail said.

The Fire is desperate to add a high-profile English player to help it compete with David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy and have made Ferdinand the main target, the Mail said.

Chicago wants Ferdinand, who turns 33 next month and is out of contract after this season, to join next summer. The club would be able to give him a take-home salary close to his current 120,000 pounds ($185,000) per week deal with United because of lower U.S. tax rates and Ferdinand has not ruled out a move, the Mail said.

Sven’s England Choice

Sven Goran Eriksson feels Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be a perfect choice as the next England coach, the Sun said.

Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp has been mentioned in media reports as the replacement for Fabio Capello, who will leave after next year’s European Championship.

“People talk about Harry Redknapp as the people’s choice,” the Sun quoted Eriksson, who led England to three tournament quarterfinals, as saying. “But I’m quite sure if the F.A. could get Wenger, they would take him.”

United Pairing

Capello is considering pairing Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro in two days, the Guardian said.

England needs a point to qualify for next summer’s championship and Capello will insist on an attack-minded approach, the Guardian said. Rooney and Welbeck have four goals between them in 208 minutes on the field together for United this season, the newspaper said.

Blackburn Favorite

Martin O’Neill is the top choice to replace Steve Kean if the Blackburn manager is fired, the Daily Star said.

Kean, who has won six of 28 games since replacing Sam Allardyce last December, will meet with club owners Venky’s this week in India, He’s been the object of fan protests this season as Rovers sit in next-to-last place.

O’Neill quit as Aston Villa manager 14 months ago and is desperate to return to the Premier League. He’s also a target of Nottingham Forest after Steve McClaren left three days ago, the Star said.

Difficult League

Luis Suarez wants Liverpool to concentrate on winning a cup this year because he feels the Premier League title is “unreachable,” the Daily Mirror said.

Suarez feels the depth and experience at Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United sets those three apart from everyone else.

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