The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Tottenham is ready to move for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the Sun said.
Spurs want to take the former Arsenal player, who’s fallen out of favor at City, on loan in January and would like to buy him at the end of the season, the Sun said.
Adebayor, 26, earns 160,000 pounds ($248,000) per week, double what anyone earns with Spurs, the Sun said. He’s played only eight Premier League games this season, with four of his five goals coming in the Europa League.
Aston Villa plans on making a 6 million-pound bid for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane in January, the Daily Mail said.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp wants to bring in a new striker in January and will have to offload players to balance the books, the Mail said. Spurs’ high valuation of Keane and his 75,000 pounds-per-week salary could hinder any move, but Villa hopes Tottenham is willing to negotiate, the Mail said.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is interested in signing Johan Elmander, but will have to come up with 5 million pounds to buy the Bolton striker, the Daily Mirror said.
Elmander’s contract, which pays him 50,000 pounds per week, expires after the season and he turned down a one-year extension last week, the Mirror said. The Swede is tied for fourth in the Premier League with eight goals this season.
Pep’s United Desire
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will resist any approach from Chelsea because he wants to work with Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, the Daily Mirror said.
Guardiola, in the final year of his contract, has been linked in U.K. media reports with Chelsea as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti. He’s told friends he wants to take over at United when Ferguson retires, the Mirror said.
His Barcelona team beat Real Madrid 5-0 last night to go top in Spain.
Chelsea and Manchester City are gearing up for a bidding war over Benfica defender David Luiz, the Sun said.
Benfica needs to raise money after its elimination from the Champions League and the 23-year-old Luiz has been rated at 25 million pounds, the Sun said.