The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Bolton agreed to a 7 million-pound fee ($11 million) with Chelsea last week for the England defender, who is seeking a salary of 100,000 pounds per week, 30,000 pounds more than the Blues are offering, the Sun said.
United manager Alex Ferguson has said he won’t spend in this month’s transfer period unless the right player becomes available, but may make a move with his defense hit by injury, the newspaper said.
Tottenham’s pursuit of Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has been bolstered by the news that Rovers manager Steve Kean must sell to finance any moves, the Daily Express said.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp plans to offer 8 million pounds, as well as considering offers for Sebastien Bassong, the Express said. Kean may cash in on Samba, Junior Hoilett and Steven Nzonzi to help his relegation fight, the newspaper said.
Newcastle has made a 4 million-pound offer for West Ham defender James Tomkins, the Daily Star said.
Magpies manager Alan Pardew has already had two bids, including one for 2.5 million pounds, rejected and his hopes were raised yesterday after Tomkins told West Ham he wants to leave, the Star said.
Queens Park Rangers has made offers for defenders James Collins and Nedum Onuoha, the Daily Mirror said.
QPR manager Neil Warnock made a 3 million-pound bid for Aston Villa’s Collins and offered 2.5 million pounds for Manchester City’s Onuoha, the Mirror said.
Chelsea has sent scouts to watch Napoli striker Edinson Cavani at least five times as the club seeks a potential replacement for Didier Drogba, the Daily Mail said.
Representatives of the 24-year-old Uruguayan, who is rated at 35 million pounds, have made inquiries to the Premier League’s big clubs to gauge their interest in a summer move, the Mail said.