The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Adebayor in Demand
Tottenham and Liverpool are both interested in signing Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, the Sun reported.
Manchester City prefers the Togo striker to move to Liverpool because it could battle Tottenham for the Premier League title or a place in the Champions League. Adebayor currently makes 160,000 pounds ($247,696) a week at City.
Spanish side Malaga has also expressed an interest in a loan deal for Adebayor, the Daily Mirror reported.
Keane for Becks?
Tottenham may use the proceeds of a possible sale of Robbie Keane to Birmingham to fund David Beckham’s loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Sun reported.
The Galaxy wants Tottenham to cover a 500,000 pound insurance deal to compensate them in case the former England captain gets injured during what would be a two-month spell in the Premier League. Beckham suffered an Achilles injury last season while on loan at A.C. Milan.
Birmingham yesterday offered 7 million pounds for Keane, who makes 65,000 pounds a week at Tottenham.
Vela to Spain?
Arsenal striker Carlos Vela may move to Valencia, the Sun reported. Valencia officials were in London yesterday to try and get the 21-year-old Mexican striker on loan, with a view to a 2 million pound transfer deal in the summer.
Power of Prayer
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez said the power of prayer is behind his success, the Sun reported.
Hernandez, who has scored nine goals in his first season at Old Trafford, said he always prays before a game.
“I talk to God and I tell him to take care of the health of both teams because the worse thing for a sportsman are injuries and there are a lot of accidents on the pitch that nobody wants,” the paper quoted the 22-year-old as saying. “I like to ask God to take care of me, because he gave me the opportunity to play.”