West Ham Ready to Sign Corluka From Tottenham, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

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Corluka Move?

West Ham is preparing to sign Spurs defender Vedran Corluka on loan for the remainder of the season, the Sun said.

Corluka has played in three Premier League matches this season as Kyle Walker has kept him out of the squad, the newspaper said. The Croat, who was also linked with Roma, wants to get playing time to gain a place in the national team for this year’s European Championships, the Sun said.

Gunners’ Target?

Arsenal may sign Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson, the Daily Mirror said.

The 27-year-old, who started at West Ham, is looking to move back to London and new Sunderland coach Martin O’Neill wants funds to expand his squad, the newspaper said. Richardson moved to Sunderland from Manchester United for 5.5 million pounds ($8.6 million) in 2007.

Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger likes the player and may try to bring him to north London, the newspaper said.

Pienaar’s Plan

Aston Villa may sign Steven Pienaar from Tottenham after the South African midfielder has struggled to get into the squad in north London, the Daily Mail said.

Pienaar moved to Spurs from Everton a year ago, but wants to leave after not getting playing time, the newspaper said. The 29-year-old has been linked to a return to Everton and a move to Sunderland, the Mail said.

Everton and Villa would like the player on loan, while Sunderland may be willing to buy Pienaar, who’s valued at about 4 million pounds, the newspaper said.

Crosstown Move

Defender Alex may move to Queens Park Rangers after asking to leave Chelsea, the Mail said.

The 29-year-old may be allowed to leave for 2 million pounds, and is also wanted by Santos and Juventus, the newspaper said. He will start talks with the west London club today, the Mail said.

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