The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
QPR in Bent Swoop?
QPR manager Neil Warnock has made a striker his top priority and the club’s Chairman Tony Fernandes is ready to back a move for Bent, the newspaper said.
Villa would want a fee similar to the 24 million pounds ($37.8 million) it paid for the 27-year-old in January this year, the Mirror added.
Arsenal Mulls Loans
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering different loan options, including Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, to strengthen his defensive line-up after injuries to all four specialist fullbacks, the Guardian reported.
“I hope he will go,” the paper quoted Mancini as saying. “It’s difficult for a player to stay here every day then, on a Saturday, nothing.”
United Targets Rodriguez
Manchester United leads the race to sign Independiente midfielder Patricio Rodriguez ahead of Benfica, Udinese and Marseille, the Daily Mail reported. The 15 million-pound rated player has been scouted by United six times in the last three months, the newspaper said.
Chelsea will sign Bolton’s Gary Cahill for 7 million pounds in January, the Daily Mirror reported. Bolton has agreed to sell the England player to avoid losing him on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June, the newspaper said.
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