The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
QPR Face Sanction
The Football Association is set to block Queens Park Rangers’ automatic promotion to the Premier League with evidence that the club broke player-trade regulations said to be “damning,” the Sun reported.
Rangers, five points clear at the top of the Championship, are likely to face a deduction of as many as 15 points if they are found guilty of breaching third-party ownership rules over the 2009 signing of Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, the Sun added. Such a drop would put them in the playoff positions rather than an automatic promotion spot.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said this season was the most frustrating of the club’s six-year run without a trophy after his team lost the Carling Cup final and squandered a strong Premier League position, the Independent reported.
“We feel more frustrated than ever because we are closer than ever to winning this league,” the newspaper cited Wenger as saying. “Of the two trophies, the most important above all for me is the league; and this year we had the quality to win it.”
Spurs Want Gyan
Tottenham Hotspur is weighing up a move for Sunderland’s Asamoah Gyan as manager Harry Redknapp seeks to shake up his striker options in the off-season, the Sun reported.
Although there’s been no contact between the teams, the Ghanaian forward is fully aware of Tottenham’s interest and would welcome a move to London, the newspaper added.
Nolan for Newcastle
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is ready to sign a new contract within the next two weeks and teammate Joey Barton has indicated that he will follow suit once Nolan has re-committed to the club, the Daily Express reported.
“Negotiations are at an advanced stage,” Nolan was cited as saying. “Most things have been agreed and I would think I will sign next week or the week after.”
Schalke is eyeing an off-season move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel as the Champions League semifinalist steps up its search for Manuel Neuer’s successor, the Daily Mirror reported.
Friedel is out of contract at the end of the season and in talks over a new deal at Villa, which is also in the market for a younger goalkeeper, the newspaper added. A move to the Bundesliga would guarantee regular first-team soccer for the American, who is also wanted by his former club Liverpool, the Mirror said.