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Sunderland Eyes Stoke’s Fuller as Replacement for Bent: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Replacing Bent

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce won’t pay 14 million pounds ($22 million) to bring Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to replace Darren Bent, the Daily Express said.

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy wants to recoup all of the 13.8 million pounds he spent 2 1/2 years ago on the 29-year-old Pavlyuchenko, but Bruce feels that is too much, the Express said.

Stoke’s Ricardo Fuller, Wigan duo Hugo Rodallega and Charles N’Zogbia and Birmingham’s Kevin Phillips are being considered by Sunderland, the Express said.

Bent joined Aston Villa this week for a fee that media reports put at as much as 24 million pounds.

Mourinho Exit?

Jose Mourinho has hinted he could quit as Real Madrid manager after a disagreement with sporting director Jorge Valdano, the Daily Mirror said.

Mourinho drew criticism from Valdano for leaving the team without a forward after he didn’t start Karim Benzema in the 1-1 draw at Almeria last weekend. The public remarks have made the coach consider leaving after just one season and with three years left on his contract, the Mirror said.

Evra Replacement

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has begun lining up potential replacements for left-back Patrice Evra, who has been linked with Real Madrid, the Daily Telegraph said.

Ferguson is eyeing Everton’s Leighton Baines and Benfica’s Fabio Coentrao, the Express said. Real Madrid has had a long-standing interest in Evra, who has a year left on his contract and has yet to discuss a new deal at Old Trafford, the newspaper said.

Lescott for Blues?

Chelsea has identified Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott as an alternative if it fails to sign Benfica’s David Luiz, the Daily Mail said.

Benfica wants 26 million pounds for Luiz and has rejected two previous offers from the Blues, the Mail said. Chelsea would want to offer only about 8.5 million pounds for Lescott, but City would want more than the 22 million pounds it spent on him 18 months ago, the Mail said.

Spurs Look at Rossi

Tottenham is weighing up a move for Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, the Independent said.

Former Manchester United player Rossi, whose contract expires after next season, is on Spurs’ radar after the club turned down the opportunity to sign Ajax’s Luis Suarez, the Independent said.

Adebayor in Talks

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been given permission to talk with his old club Monaco about a bargain 9 million-pound move, the Daily Mirror said.

Adebayor could be sold to Monaco before the weekend, the Mirror said. City would take a “massive hit” on the 25 million pounds it spent in acquiring him from Arsenal in 2009, the newspaper said.

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