The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal had a club-record offer of 30 million pounds for the Uruguayan rejected earlier this week, the Sun said. The Gunners may increase it by 5 million pounds, but will get the same response, the newspaper said.
Arsenal’s increased bid comes as its attempt to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain continues to falter, the Evening Standard said.
Real Madrid will not give up on signing Tottenham’s Gareth Bale until the transfer period finally ends at the end of August, the Star said.
Real yesterday released a photo of a mocked-up shirt with Bale’s No. 11 on it and insist it will keep it for the Welshman until he joins, the Star said. Club President Florentino Perez plans to fly with the team for its July 21 exhibition against Bournemouth so he can hold face-to-face talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, the newspaper said.
Take Your Pick
Tottenham is ready to give Aston Villa the pick of four players in order to sign Christian Benteke, the Sun said.
Villa wants for 25 million pounds for the striker, while Spurs value him at 20 million, the Sun said. Tottenham is willing to offer at least one of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone as part of the deal, though Villa wants a cash-only sale, the newspaper said.
Manchester City’s bid to sign Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo may have hit a snag after the striker claimed he was happy to stay in Spain, the Daily Mail said.
Negredo was expected to leave for free after Sevilla signed Carlos Bacca from Bruges but says he is happy with his personal life in the Spanish city, though faces a dilemma on a professional level, the Mail said.
Crouch, 32, has twice played for Redknapp at Portsmouth, along with Southampton and Tottenham. Redknapp wants to sign players he can trust as he looks to bring QPR straight back up from the Championship, the Mirror said.
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