Liverpool Owner Henry to Make Dalglish Permanent Coach: Roundup

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

‘King Kenny’

Liverpool owner John Henry plans to announce Kenny Dalglish as the club’s permanent manager by this weekend’s game against Tottenham, the Daily Mirror said.

Henry and chairman Tom Werner will fly to Liverpool from the U.S. to wrap up his contract, the Mirror said.

The Reds have climbed to fifth place in the Premier League from 12th since Dalglish took over for Roy Hodgson in January. A win over Spurs would earn a spot in next season’s Europa League.

Final Payday?

Manchester City is set to offer Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez a chance to end his career in England, the Daily Mirror said.

Xavi, 31, has a rollover contract that could be renewed for four more years but Barcelona is unlikely to stand in his way if he wants to move, the newspaper said.

City wants to sign marquee players as it prepares for its first season in the Champions League, the Mirror added.

Rodwell Race

City will also enter the race to sign Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell, who’s also a target for Manchester United, the Daily Express said.

City manager Roberto Mancini is considering an offer for the 21-year-old Rodwell, who could cost as much as 20 million pounds ($32.5 million), the Express said.

Green Goes

Robert Green will lead an exodus of players from West Ham this summer, even if the team escapes relegation, the Sun said.

The England goalkeeper has a year left on his contract and the Hammers have made no attempt to extend terms, the Sun said. Aston Villa has targeted Green, 31, as a replacement for Brad Friedel, who turns 40 next week, the newspaper said.

Spurs Clearout

Tottenham is preparing a summer clearout in an attempt to keep winger Gareth Bale, the Independent said.

Robbie Keane, Jamie O’Hara, Giovani dos Santos and David Bentley, who are all out on loan this season, are among players Chairman Daniel Levy wants to sell, the Independent said. The club will also listen to offers for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Niko Kranjcar, the newspaper said.

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