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Tottenham Wants to Sign Everton’s Neville, Mirror Says: Roundup

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

New Bid for Neville

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign another Everton player, this time captain Phil Neville, the Daily Mirror said. Steven Pienaar joined Spurs last week.

Everton coach David Moyes has previously told Tottenham that Neville is not for sale and may try to make the player too expensive for Redknapp, the newspaper said.

Ashley’s Loss

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley lost 1 million pounds ($1.58 million) in a two-hour gambling session at a casino near the club’s stadium, the Sun said.

Ashley had won about 130,000 pounds playing craps before taking a break to visit the bar, the newspaper said. Upon his return, his luck changed, and had lost 970,000 pounds by the time he left at 4 a.m., the Sun said.

Rangers Ready

Rangers are planning to sign Portsmouth defender Hermann Hreidarsson, 36, in case Arsenal makes a move for the Glasgow side’s Madjid Bougherra, the Daily Mail said.

Pompey will probably allow Hreidarsson to leave for a small fee to save money, the newspaper said, and Rangers manager Walter Smith has had previous interest in the player.

Arsenal is one of several clubs looking at Bougherra, the newspaper said.

Gray Pressure

Sky Sports announcer Andy Gray is under increased pressure after the broadcast of more footage of him making sexist remarks about female assistant referee Sian Massey, the Daily Telegraph said.

Gray, who along with colleague Richard Keys made disparaging comments last weekend about Massey’s ability, also talked about her looks to a colleague before the Wolverhampton-Liverpool match, and repeated his remarks about “what do women know about the offside rule?” the newspaper said.

Diouf to West Ham?

Blackburn striker El Hadji Diouf may move to West Ham as the London team tries to avoid relegation, the Mirror said.

The player has 18 months left on his contract and wanted to move without a fee, although new Blackburn coach Steve Kean will want the Hammers to pay something, the newspaper said.

Long Walk

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song said he walked five hours and eight miles from Emirates Stadium to a shopping mall near his house after the Gunners’ home match with Stoke was canceled because of snow last month, the Sun said.

Song started to drive home, but decided to park back at the stadium and walk to find a cab after making little progress, the newspaper said. Seeing none, he ended up walking to a taxi service at the Brent Cross shopping center in north London, where he paid double to get a car home, the newspaper said.

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