The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Tottenham Hotspur is willing to beat Liverpool’s 26 million-pound ($40.6 million) valuation of Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian, the Daily Mirror reported.
Although Liverpool agreed on contract terms with Willian, it hasn’t reached a deal with Anzhi on a transfer fee for the Brazilian, the Mirror added.
Spurs have long been interested in signing Willian, with chairman Daniel Levy having traveled to Ukraine in January to negotiate a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk before the playmaker instead moved to Anzhi, the Daily Telegraph reported.
A group of shareholders called on Arsenal’s board not to offer coach Arsene Wenger a new contract unless the Gunners show “considerable improvement,” the Daily Telegraph reported.
Wenger, who has held initial talks about extending his deal that expires next year, is yet to spend any of his 70 million-pound transfer budget after targeting three “world class” signings in the current trading period, the newspaper added.
Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be ruled out for as many as six months after potentially damaging knee ligaments in his team’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa two days ago, the Daily Mail reported.
Wenger may have just eight fully fit senior outfield players available for this week’s Champions League playoff against Fenerbahce after Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey all picked up injuries in the loss to Villa, the newspaper added.
Gerrard is said to have accompanied Suarez, who’s been seeking a transfer, when the Uruguayan went to see Rodgers to apologize for his conduct, the newspaper added.
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