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Eto’o Seeks Move to Manchester City, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. media, with clickable links to the Web.

Eto’o Interest

Samuel Eto’o is interested in joining Manchester City after falling out with Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini, the Daily Mail reported

The Premier League club would rather keep Carlos Tevez than swap him for the Cameroon striker, the Mail added.

Maicon Swap

Inter Milan is willing to trade right-back Maicon in exchange for Argentine striker Tevez, the Daily Mirror reported.

Inter wants a straight swap, though City values Maicon at 15 million pounds ($24.6 million) and would demand an extra 25 million pounds to release Tevez, the Mirror said.

Cole Offer

Queens Park Rangers is trying to sign Liverpool’s Joe Cole on a season-long loan, the Guardian reported.

West Ham is also interested in signing Cole, who may prefer to remain in the Premier League with QPR than rejoin his former team in the Championship, the Guardian said.

Spurs Talks

Tottenham is holding talks with Real Madrid about signing midfielder Lassana Diarra, the Daily Mirror reported.

Spurs has ruled out hiring Newcastle’s Joey Barton because it expects to get Diarra, the Mirror added.

Barton Hint

Barton has hinted that he could stay at Newcastle even though he’s been told by the club that he can leave on a free transfer, the Independent reported.

“I may choose to stand perfectly still,” the Independent cited Barton as writing on his Twitter feed. “It’s my right.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net

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

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