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Chelsea Wants Hiddink to Replace Ancelotti: Soccer Roundup

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

Hiddink’s Return?

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to ditch manager Carlo Ancelotti and replace him with the Blues former interim boss Guus Hiddink, the Daily Mail reported.

Chelsea’s last chance of winning trophy this season ended two days ago when it was eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester United, and Abramovich has lost confidence in club’s Italian manager, the Mail said.

Hiddink, 64, impressed the Russian when he took charge of the team for three months in 2009, the newspaper added. Hiddink took Chelsea to the semifinals of the Champions League and led it to an F.A. Cup triumph over Portsmouth. The Dutchman is currently coaching Turkey’s national team.

No Deal

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says reports of a deal to sell Spanish defender Jose Enrique to Liverpool aren’t true, the Independent reported.

“There’s definitely no deal between the clubs - 100 percent,” the newspaper quoted Pardew saying. “He’s under contract here until next summer and we hope to open talks on a new deal as soon as possible.”

Former Liverpool player and assistant manager Phil Thompson said in an interview broadcast on Norwegian television last weekend that a deal had already been done to take the player to Anfield.

QPR’s Plans

Queens Park Rangers are preparing for the Premier League by plotting the purchases of Andy Johnson and Jimmy Bullard, the Daily Mail reported.

The west London team could secure promotion to the top flight with victory over Derby County in its next game.

Johnson has a year left on his contract with Fulham. Bullard is loan at Ipswich from Hull. His contract runs for another two seasons.

Villa’s Preparation

Aston Villa is ready to sell attacker Ashley Young for 25 million pounds ($41 million), the Daily Telegraph reported.

Young, 25, has attracted interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, the newspaper said.

Liverpool Consider PSG Defender

Liverpool will consider making a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho it fails to get Bolton’s Gary Cahill, the Mirror reported.

Manager Kenny Dalglish fears being priced out of a deal for Cahill because Manchester City is also trying to by the Englishman, the Mirror said.

Forlan Move

Sao Paulo is close to acquiring Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid, and is offering holding midfielder Casemiro in exchange Radio Bandeirantes said on its website.

Forlan’s father, Pablo, played for Sao Paulo, and also coached the team.

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