Tottenham Looks to Sign Anderlecht’s Lukaku: Soccer Roundup

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

Lukaku to London?

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is looking to sign Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku for 17.5 million pounds ($28.6 million) after the 17-year-old’s scoring drought dimmed interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, the Daily Mail said.

The 17-year-old had been valued at about 26 million pounds, but has scored just three times since Christmas, the newspaper said. West Ham and Everton may still be interested in signing the player, the newspaper said.

Villa Uncertainty

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel and midfielders Nigel Reo-Coker, Robert Pires and Michael Bradley are awaiting a decision by Gerard Houllier on whether they will be at the club next year, the Sun said.

The coach may want to provide incentives for the players to help the club, just two points above the relegation zone, to stay in the Premier League, the newspaper said.

Dalglish’s Future

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s future is being undercut by the club’s injuries, with five players including captain Steven Gerrard hurt going into the last string of matches, the Mirror said.

Dalglish, who took over earlier this season, was expected to get the full-time job in the last several weeks, but losses to West Ham and West Brom have hurt his standing, the newspaper said.

Jarvis Competition

Dalglish and Houllier are both vying for Wolverhampton midfielder Matt Jarvis, the Mirror said.

Houllier wants the player to replace Ashley Young, who’s likely to leave Villa after the season, while the 24-year-old is one of Liverpool’s targets, the Mirror said.

Mick McCarthy will want at least 8 million pounds for the player, the newspaper said.

Tottenham’s Escape

Tottenham isn’t likely to face charges from European soccer’s governing body for chants about former Arsenal player Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored twice for Real Madrid in its 4-0 defeat of Spurs this week and who said he was singled out for racist abuse from the visiting fans, the Telegraph said.

UEFA said there was nothing in the official report on the match that would spark an investigation, and unless officials or police file an notification of an offense, the matter won’t be taken any further, the newspaper said.

Spurs acknowledge that the chants are offensive, but not racist in nature, the newspaper said.

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