The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Manchester City is preparing to sell five players including strikers Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Jo for 50 million pounds ($80 million) less than they cost, the Sun said.
The quintet also includes midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips and defender Wayne Bridge, the newspaper said.
Goalkeeper Shay Given may be sold for 7 million pounds, which is what he cost the club, the Sun said. The group aren’t playing in matches and coach Roberto Mancini believes some are unsettling the squad, the newspaper said.
Manchester United’s former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said Anders Lindegaard, the Danish national team member the club has signed, isn’t good enough, the Guardian said.
The signing of the 26-year-old is an error by manager Alex Ferguson, who should be targeting Liverpool’s Jose Reina, Schmeichel said, according to the newspaper.
Liverpool may ask for 500,000 pounds in compensation from England’s Football Association after Steven Gerrard injured his hamstring with the national team, putting him out of action for as much as a month, the Sun said.
The midfielder was forced off the field in this week’s 2-1 loss to France at Wembley stadium. England coach Fabio Capello, who had agreed Gerrard would only play for an hour, feels he doesn’t need to apologize, the newspaper said.
Fulham winger Keanu Marsh-Brown is being targeted by Tottenham and Manchester City, the Daily Mail said.
The 18-year-old may bring a bid of 500,000 pounds in January, the newspaper said. He’s a member of England’s Under-17 squad and played in Fulham’s Europa League team last year.