The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
“Both sides have met their expectations and United were happy to reward Javier after his very good performances last season,” the newspaper quoted Eduardo Hernandez as saying.
Mexico’s Hernandez, 23, scored 20 goals during his first season at Manchester United and has found the net twice this term.
Tottenham center-back Sebastien Bassong may join Queens Park Rangers in January, the Daily Mirror reported.
QPR manager Neil Warnock missed out on signing Bassong this summer after Tottenham failed to land Bolton stopper Gary Cahill.
The Mirror cited Warnock as saying that he has already discussed targets for the next transfer window with the club’s owner Tony Fernandes.
Newcastle Targeting Hooper
Newcastle United is preparing a 5 million-pound bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper, the Scottish Sun reported. Hooper scored 23 goals last season.
Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin said he’s disappointed with his play so far this season, the Sun reported.
Arsenal, which had its worst start to the season in 58 years, is currently 15th in the Premier League.
Arshavin said he understands fans will be disappointed with his performances so far.
“They should expect more from me, of course,” the newspaper quoted the Russian as saying. “To be honest I am still expecting more from me as well but believe me, I do everything I can do.”
Rio New MLS Face?
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand may become the new face of Major League Soccer in the U.S. once David Beckham leaves the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, the Daily Mirror reported.
Ferdinand, who is reportedly a target for Chicago Fire, has been urged to join the MLS by Andy Iro, a former Everton player who now plays for Toronto FC, the newspaper said. Ferdinand, 32, will be out of contract at United at the end of next season.