The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
West Ham is trying to keep alive its hopes of hiring Martin O’Neill as coach, the Guardian reported.
The former Aston Villa manager was “unimpressed” with leaks two days ago that suggested he would replace Avram Grant the same day, the Guardian said. Coaches have an unwritten rule they do not pursue a job while someone else holds the position, the Guardian added.
O’Neill is eager to return to coaching after a five-month break and had been “warming” to a short-term contract at West Ham, the Guardian said.
Southampton coach Nigel Adkins said the Saints would only trade 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a team that will “nurture” him, the Daily Mirror reported.
The son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain is a target for Arsenal and would cost about 10 million pounds ($15.9 million) to sign, the Mirror said.
Adkins said there wouldn’t be an auction for the teenager’s services because “we love him,” according to the Mirror.
Birmingham has been “rocked” by Robbie Keane’s demands for a pay rise to seal his 6 million-pound move from Tottenham, the Daily Mirror reported.
Keane, 30, is asking for more than his 65,000 pounds-a-week salary at Spurs, the Mirror said.
Newcastle and Bolton have joined Fulham in seeking to sign Manchester City’s Shaun Wright-Phillips, the Daily Mail reported. The two clubs are hoping to sign the 29-year-old winger on loan, according to the Mail.