Tottenham to Sign Villa Goalkeeper Friedel, Mirror Says: Roundup

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Friedel to Spurs?

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel will join Tottenham after leaving Aston Villa, the Daily Mirror said.

The 40-year-old American will sign a two-year contract at White Hart Lane and turn down a similar offer from Liverpool, where he played from 1997-2000, because it gives him a greater chance to play, the Mirror said.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp wants to sell error-prone Heurelho Gomes to make room for Friedel, who’s played almost 450 games in the Premier League, the newspaper said.

Fabregas Bid

European champion Barcelona is ready to make a 30 million-pound ($49 million) bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, the Mirror said.

Fabregas has been linked to Barcelona, which he left to join Arsenal as a 16-year-old, in recent years. Arsenal may be tempted if an offer of around 50 million pounds came in, the newspaper said.

Berba Interest

Newcastle is interested in signing Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, the Sun said.

Berbatov wants to leave United after being left out of the squad for last weekend’s Champions League final, the Sun said. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is willing to meet United’s 7.5 million-pound valuation, the newspaper added.


Sevilla is ready to make an 8 million-pound offer for Arsenal midfielder Denilson, the Daily Mail said.

Denilson said last week he wants to leave the Premier League club after failing to earn a regular place in the team. He joined Arsenal from Sao Paulo four years ago for 4 million pounds, the Mail said.

New Cardiff Boss?

Cardiff fans want Wales striker Craig Bellamy to take over as the club’s new manager, the Daily Telegraph said.

Dave Jones was fired yesterday after his team lost to Reading in the Championship playoffs earlier this month. Bellamy, 31, spent last season on loan at the club from Manchester City and is being linked with the job along with Chris Hughton, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill, the Telegraph said.

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