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QPR Consider January Bid for Spurs’ Defoe, Mail Says: Roundup

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

Defoe Bid

Queens Park Rangers may bid 8 million pounds ($12.7 million) for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, the Daily Mail said.

The 29-year-old has lost his spot at Spurs with the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor and the performance of Rafael van der Vaart, the newspaper said. QPR coach Neil Warnock thinks he can tempt the player to move to west London, the Mail said.

Newcastle, Sunderland and Everton are also interested, but the player wants to stay in London, the newspaper said.

Terry’s Future

England manager Fabio Capello will talk to Football Association officials about including John Terry in the squad for the next two exhibition matches as the Chelsea defender faces accusations of racial taunting toward QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, the Daily Telegraph said.

Terry has told Capello he wants to play against Sweden and Spain, but is under police investigation into the allegations, and the manager is seeking advice from F.A. executives on how to deal with the situation, the newspaper said. Terry has about a 50 percent chance of playing, the Telegraph said.

Hazard Move

Arsenal forward Gervinho is urging former Lille teammate Eden Hazard to join the Gunners, the Sun said.

Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also interested in the 20-year-old Belgian, who is valued at 25 million pounds, the newspaper said. Hazard has said he’s ready to move away from Lille, but won’t move until the end of this season, the newspaper said.

Leicester Manager

Leicester City may turn to Huddersfield manager Lee Clark to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Daily Mirror said.

The Foxes will have to pay about 300,000 pounds in compensation if they sign the 39-year-old manager, the newspaper said.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane is set to take over at Leicester after being recommended for the job by Martin O’Neill, the Daily Mail said.

Coppell Return

Steve Coppell is set to return to management by taking charge at Portsmouth, the Mirror reported. The 56-year-old had said he would retire as a coach after leaving Bristol City last season, the newspaper said.

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