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Tottenham Is Front-Runner to Sign Joey Barton: Soccer Roundup

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. media, with clickable links to the Web.

Barton for Tottenham?

Tottenham is the favorite to sign midfielder Joey Barton after he was “banished” by Newcastle, the Daily Mail reported.

The northeast England team said yesterday that Barton could leave on a free transfer. Owner Mike Ashley finally lost patience with the player’s online rants against the club, the Mail added.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has dropped his bid to sign 30 million-pound ($48.8 million) rated Giuseppe Rossi from Villarreal, the Sun reported. Italy striker Rossi is staying in Spain after being taken off the transfer list, the newspaper added.

City Seeks Nasri

Manchester City is poised to bid 22 million pounds for Arsenal’s Samir Nasri in the next 48 hours, the Sun reported.

City is set to make a “take it or leave it” offer for the Frenchman, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the club.

Gunners’ striker Nicklas Bendtner may be on his way to Stoke, the Daily Mirror reported.

Potters manager Tony Pulis is lining up a 9 million-pound offer after the Denmark international’s agents made contact last weekend, according to the Mirror.

Zhirkov Exit?

Yuri Zhirkov may be the first big-name departure from Chelsea under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The club may bid for Porto’s Alvaro Perreira as a replacement for the Russian, who can play on the left of defense or midfield.

Warning for Dalglish

Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry warned coach Kenny Dalglish it would be a “major disappointment” if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League this season, the Mail reported.

Henry was in Oslo to see the Reds draw 3-3 with Valerenga. They’ve let in a “worrying” 15 goals in five games, the Mail said.

Midfielder Alberto Aquilani may leave Liverpool for AC Milan, the Mail said, after a possible move to Fiorentina broke down. Serie A champion Milan needs to replace Andrea Pirlo, who left for Juventus as a free agent. Aquilani was on loan at Juve last season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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