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Gallas’s Demands May Prevent Tottenham Deal: Soccer Roundup

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

Gallas’s Demands

William Gallas’s demand for a two-year contract may prevent him from joining Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mail reported.

The north London club only wants to sign the 32-year-old defender for one season because of his salary, the newspaper said. Gallas is a free agent after his contract with Arsenal expired this summer.

Parker Stays

West Ham midfielder Scott Parker will settle his future with the club by signing a new contract next week, the Sun said.

Parker, 29, had attracted interest from Tottenham and Liverpool. He still has three years left on his current deal and has agreed to a one-year extension that will raise his salary to 70,000 pounds ($110,000) per week, the Sun said.

Gerrard on England

England captain Steven Gerrard said it will take a long time to gain the trust of supporters after the team’s failure at the World Cup, the Guardian reported.

“It is not going to happen in weeks and months,” Gerrard was quoted as saying. “It is going to take years to turn this situation around. This is as low as it gets, going out the way we did.”

Gerrard also said the fans have a right to boo at tonight’s exhibition against Hungary at Wembley Stadium, England’s first game since a 4-1 loss to Germany in the round of 16 in South Africa.

Fulham Signing

Fulham manager Mark Hughes will make Algeria defender Rafik Halliche his first signing in a deal worth 1.8 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.

Halliche, 23, played against England in a goalless draw at the World Cup in South Africa. He’s under contract with Benfica, but has been on loan to fellow Portuguese side Nacional in the past two seasons.

Schwarzer’s Gunners Move?

Fulham may lose goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer after the Australian told Hughes he wants to be transferred to Arsenal.

Arsenal had offered Fulham 2 million pounds before the World Cup for the 37-year-old Schwarzer. The paper said Hughes won’t let him and is willing to “play hardball” to keep him.

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