The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
The clubs have been in talks and it may be too late for manager Rafa Benitez to prevent the player from leaving, the newspaper said. Rodgers is also trying to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and Blackpool’s Thomas Ince in the January window, the Telegraph said.
The Dutch player’s contract expires at the end of the season, but Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said the north London squad can’t afford the fee to bring him to England, the newspaper said.
Staying in Southampton
The 17-year-old has started three league matches, and Southampton will offer him a five-year contract after the season, the newspaper said. He’s been with the club since he was seven, the Star said.
He has seven months left on his contract and wants to get through the January transfer window before starting talks on his deal, the newspaper said. He’s been at the Liverpool club for 10 years.
Manchester United is trying to beat Manchester City to the signature of Kurt Zouma, an 18-year-old defender at St. Etienne, the Sun said.
United manager Alex Ferguson has invited the player to see a match at Old Trafford, the newspaper said.
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