The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Tottenham is ready to make a January move to take Kaka on loan from Real Madrid for the rest of the season, the Daily Express said.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp wants to add another creative player and Kaka has struggled to win a regular place in the Real team. The Spanish club is set to offload the 29-year-old Brazilian at the end of the season, if not sooner, the Express said.
Anelka yesterday agreed to a two-year contract worth a reported 10.6 million euros ($14.1 million) annually to move in January. Drogba’s contract expires after this season and talks with Chelsea over an extension have broken down, the Standard said.
QPR Wants Zamora
Sunderland and Aston Villa are also interested in the 30- year-old. QPR would match or even increase his current 45,000 pounds-per-week salary, though the 10 million-pound transfer fee could be a snag, the Mail said.
Hoy, Not Foy
Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy has been received abuse from Tottenham fans aimed at Premier League referee Chris Foy, the Daily Mirror said.
Spurs supporters bombarded the four-time medal winner’s Twitter account with barbs for Foy following their club’s loss at Stoke two days ago, the Mirror said. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp criticized Foy for missing several calls as his team’s 11-match unbeaten run was ended.
Ferguson was impressed with the 20-year-old’s composure in Palace’s upset of United in the League Cup quarterfinals last month and sees him as a possible replacement for the retired Gary Neville, the Mail said. Newcastle, Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton have also shown interest, the newspaper said.