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Liverpool Will Strike Hard Bargain on Mascherano Sale: Roundup

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

Mascherano Stalemate

Liverpool coach Roy Hodgson told Inter Milan he won’t sell midfielder Javier Mascherano for below his market value, the Guardian reported.

The Reds have an agreement with Mascherano to let him leave Anfield if an overseas club matches its 25 million-pound ($39 million) valuation, the newspaper said.

Hodgson is prepared to keep the Argentina captain until his contract expires in 2012 rather than sell him for a lower price, the Guardian said.

Blackburn’s Beckham Hope

Ahsan Ali Syed wants to sign David Beckham if he completes a takeover of 1995 English champion Blackburn, the Daily Mail reported.

“If my finances allow it, and his intentions are positive, then I would love to take Beckham,” the newspaper quoted Syed as saying.

The Bahrain-based Indian tycoon has pledged to spend 100 million pounds on new players if his takeover goes ahead.

Vuvuzela’s the Word

“Vuvuzela,” the name of the trumpet that gained fame during soccer’s World Cup in South Africa, has entered the Oxford Dictionary of English, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The sound of the horn was a permanent accompaniment to the 64-match tournament held on African soil for the first time.

Icelandic Savior?

Former West Ham Chairman Eggert Magnusson is leading a consortium that wants to take over League One’s Sheffield Wednesday, the Daily Mirror reported.

Wednesday is available for 5 million pounds and Co-operative Bank Plc is willing to write off some of a 20 million-pound debt it’s owed, the Mirror said.

Squillaci for Arsenal?

Sevilla pulled Sebastien Squillaci out of last night’s Champions League qualifier against Braga because the French defender is close to joining Arsenal, the Mirror said.

Gunners coach Arsene Wenger is determined to sign the 30-year-old after missing out on Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker.

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