Chelsea Considers Buying Parker for $13 Million: Soccer Roundup

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

Permanent Parker

Chelsea is considering whether to buy Scott Parker for 8 million pounds ($13 million) rather than take the West Ham midfielder on loan as initially planned following interest from rival clubs including Aston Villa, the Daily Telegraph reported.

West Ham quoted Chelsea a loan fee of 4 million pounds to take Parker for next season and will also demand his 65,000-pounds-a-week wages are paid in full, the Telegraph said. Chelsea won’t offer to pay so much for a temporary signing, the newspaper added.

Luka Not Leaving

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said he expects Luka Modric, for whom Chelsea made an improved bid of 27 million pounds this week, to still be a Spurs player when the new Premier League campaign starts next month, the Sun reported.

“I fully expect Luka to be here at the start of the season,” the Sun cited Redknapp as saying. “The chairman Daniel Levy has already said he does not want to sell him at any price.”

Falcao Stays

Porto striker Radamel Falcao agreed to a new two-year contract with the Portuguese champion that signals the end of any prospect of a move to Chelsea, the Daily Mail reported.

The release clause in the Colombian forward’s contract has been raised by 15 million euros ($21.2 million) to 45 million euros, the Mail said. Falcao, who scored 38 goals last season, was said to be target for Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, who himself made the switch to the Blues from Porto, the newspaper added.

Enrique Auction

Newcastle will sell Jose Enrique to the highest bidder after Magpies manager Alan Pardew said the Spanish left-back isn’t “focused” on the club, the Daily Mirror reported.

Enrique, who is a target for Arsenal and Liverpool, is refusing to sign a new contract that Pardew said is one of the club’s most lucrative in recent times, the Mirror said.

N’Zogbia Near

Aston Villa is nearing an agreement to sign Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia for 10 million pounds as Sunderland tries to hijack the move, the Daily Express reported.

Villa and Wigan were yesterday at an advanced stage of negotiations for the transfer of N’Zogbia, who has also attracted the interest of Premier League clubs including Newcastle, the Express said.

Weakened Teams

Premier League managers will be free to rotate their squads next season without fear of punishment following a rule change, the Daily Mail reported.

Clubs will no longer be penalized for making wholesale changes and fielding so-called weakened teams as long as they use players from within a 25-man squad registered at the start of the season, the Mail added. Clubs will still risk a charge if a team selection mostly consists of players from the under-21 list rather than the senior 25-man squad, the Mail added.

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