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Manchester United Poised to Sign Ashley Young: Soccer Roundup

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

Young for United?

Manchester United is the favorite to sign Aston Villa’s 15 million-pound ($24 million) rated winger Ashley Young, the Daily Mirror reported.

United has made contact with Villa and been given a price for Young, although it’s still waiting for permission to talk to him, the Mirror said. His Villa teammate Darren Bent believes the England player is on his way out of the club, the newspaper added.

Giggs to Play

Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson will keep faith with Ryan Giggs by selecting him in his team for the May 28 Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley, the Daily Mail reported.

Giggs was named in Parliament yesterday as having obtained a High Court injunction to prevent details of an extramarital affair being made public.

Hiddink Hold-Up

Guus Hiddink’s agent told Chelsea his client can’t replace Carlo Ancelotti until October because of his contract with Turkey’s national team, the Sun reported.

Hiddink has to stay with Turkey until the end of Euro 2012 but will leave sooner if the team fails to qualify, the Sun added.

Turkey is lining up former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez to replace Hiddink, according to the Daily Express.

Benitez has been out of work since being fired by Inter Milan in December. He’s already had talks with Turkey about the job, the Express added.

Hammers Target Jones

Cardiff manager Dave Jones is West Ham’s No. 1 candidate to replace the sacked Avram Grant, the Mail reported.

Jones’s future in Wales is in doubt after his team failed to reach the Championship playoff final, the Mail added.

Friedel for Anfield?

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel is poised to leave Aston Villa and return to Liverpool, the Daily Mirror reported.

Liverpool has offered the 40-year-old a two-year deal, and he’s ready to go back to his first Premier League club, the newspaper added.

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