Juventus Plans $13 Million Vidic Bid, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Juve Targets Vidic

Italian champion Juventus is planning an 8 million-pound ($13 million) bid for Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic in January, the Sun reported.

Barcelona and Monaco are also interested in the 31-year-old Serbian center-back, the newspaper added.

Rooney’s Reason

United striker Wayne Rooney said he wanted to leave in the offseason because he was being played out of position in midfield and is now “happy” and “settled” at Old Trafford under new manager David Moyes, the Guardian reported.

“Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play and I think that’s why I was disappointed,” the Guardian cited Rooney as saying. “I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to. I just think there had to come a point when, for my own career, I had to be a bit selfish really.”

Moyes Wants Hughes

Moyes wants to sign Derby County midfielder Will Hughes in the January transfer window, the Daily Mail reported.

Hughes, 18, is predominantly left-footed and considered one of the best young talents in the Championship after making about 50 appearances for the Rams, the newspaper said.

Zenit Return?

Zenit St. Petersburg wants to re-sign defender Martin Skrtel from Liverpool and has set aside about 16 million pounds for a new center-back in January, the Daily Mirror reported.

Spurs Eye Salah

Tottenham Hotspur is considering a move for Basel’s Mohamed Salah and plans more checks on the Egyptian winger, who’s valued at 15 million pounds by the Swiss club, the Daily Mail reported.

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