Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Blues Target Modric
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti made Tottenham’s Luka Modric his No. 1 target for next season, the Sun reported, citing the playmaker’s “close pal” Zdravko Mamic.
Dinamo Zagreb vice-president Mamic organized Modric’s 17 million-pound ($26.4 million) move from the Croatian club to Tottenham in 2008, the newspaper added.
“I was with Ancelotti for lunch. I was very proud when I heard what he said about Modric,” Mamic was cited as saying. “Luka is top of his list, his first pick when it comes to new signings.”
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told Tottenham to forget about trying to sign striker Andy Carroll, the Sun reported.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was considering making a 20 million-pound-plus-player bid in January. Carroll, 21, has just signed a new five-year deal.
West Ham is poised to offer Tottenham’s Robbie Keane a six-month loan deal with the option of a three-year contract if the striker helps to keep the Hammers in the Premier League, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The Daily Mirror said West Ham will sign midfielder Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa after a “cut-price” deal was set up yesterday. The newspaper didn’t specify the fee, saying it would depend partly on whether West Ham avoids relegation.
The London team failed with an attempt to get Joey Barton from Newcastle, the paper added.
Denilson for Barca?
Barcelona may make a 10 million-pound bid for Arsenal midfielder Denilson if Cesc Fabregas’s price proves to be too high, the Daily Mail reported.
Barca, fueled by 140 million pounds in sponsorship from Qatar, will try again to sign Fabregas at the end of the season.
Dann’s the Man
Birmingham may face a battle to keep center-back Scott Dann, the Daily Mirror reported.
Liverpool is leading the bigger clubs’ interest in signing the 23-year-old, the newspaper added. Birmingham wants him to sign a new contract but Dann is ready to consider his options if the club gets a firm bid.
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