The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Silva’s Waiting Game
Talks between City and the midfielder’s representatives have been going on since June. Silva, who signed a 130,000 pounds ($205,000) a week pay deal when he joined, may be holding out for a pay check comparable to that of clubmate Carlos Tevez, who earns about 200,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said.
QPR manager Mark Hughes is keen to bring in a center-back, and he’s also watched Barcelona’s Andreu Fontas and St. Etienne’s Kurt Zouma, the newspaper added. QPR lost 5-0 at home to Swansea at the weekend.
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is close to completing a 5 million-pound move to Tottenham Hotspur by the end of this week, the Sun reported.
The player, who moved to City from Arsenal in a 25 million- pound deal for weekly wages of 170,000 pounds three years ago, has agreed to take a “significant pay cut” at Spurs, where he’s played on loan, the paper said.
Sunderland Chasing Dempsey
Sunderland is interested in Fulham’s U.S. forward Clint Dempsey, a target for Liverpool, the Mail reported. The Black Cats are also monitoring Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Dnipro defender Ivan Strinic, the paper said.
FC Twente defender Douglas will decide whether to join Newcastle or Fulham after both teams offered 4.5 million pounds for him, the Mail reported.
The Brazilian center-back has a year left on his contract, the Mail added.
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