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Real Madrid Wants to Sign United’s Hernandez, Sun Says: Roundup

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

Hernandez Bid

Real Madrid is ready to pay 30 million pounds ($46.9 million) to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Manchester United, the Sun reported.

United wants to keep the 23-year-old and is offering to triple his wages to 75,000 pounds a week after a debut season in which he scored 20 goals, the Sun said.

Ashley Cole

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola wants to sign Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole for about 12 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.

Chelsea refused to sell Cole when Real Madrid tried to acquire him last summer, the Mirror said.

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala is willing to offer Cole, 30, a 200,000 pounds a week contract to acquire the England player, according to the Sun.

Drogba Exit?

Contract talks between Chelsea and striker Didier Drogba are on hold, raising the possibility of the 33-year-old leaving the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season, the Times reported.

Drogba wants a two-year deal, while the Blues are only prepared to offer a one-year extension, the newspaper said.

England Team

England’s national team isn’t good enough to win the 2012 European Championship or the 2014 World Cup, former striker Ian Wright told the Sun.

Wright said in a column that soccer authorities must raise the technical standards of younger players.

Rooney Letter

Wayne Rooney has written to UEFA to try and limit his European Championship ban for receiving a red card against Montenegro, the Daily Mail reported.

Rooney was dismissed for kicking Montenegro’s Miodrag Dzudovic in last week’s qualifier.

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