Arsenal’s Wilshere Is a Real Madrid Target, Mirror Says: Roundup

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

Wilshere is Wanted

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a long-term target for Real Madrid, which has compiled a shortlist of five players it wants to sign by 2014, the Mirror reported.

Wilshere, 19, who has a contract with the Gunners until 2015, was quoted as saying last week that he wants to remain with the north London team his whole career, the newspaper said.

Madrid wants to sign younger talents instead of splashing out on established players and has also targeted Bayern Munich’s Rafinha, Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain, Lille’s Eden Hazard and Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze, according to the Mirror.

Toon Striker Search

Newcastle is monitoring 10 million-pound ($15.9 million) rated Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, who has scored eight league goals this season, the Sun said.

The club is also interested in Huddersfield forward Jordan Rhodes, the Mirror reported. The 22-year-old has a 2 million-pound release clause in his contract, the newspaper said.

Nani Pay Rise

Nani will be given a pay rise by Manchester United to fend off interest in the Portugal winger from Italian clubs Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan, according to the Sun.

Nani will be offered an increase from 90,000 pounds a week to 130,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said. Talks are set to begin early next year when the 24-year-old will have about 18 months remaining on his contract, the Mirror reported.

Redknapp Return

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who had heart surgery on Nov. 2, is set to return three weeks ahead of schedule and be on the touchline when the club faces Aston Villa on Nov. 21, the Mail reported.

Redknapp “can’t wait to get back to work,” the newspaper cited a friend of the 64-year-old as saying.

Tevez Depressed

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is refusing to return to the Premier League club because he is suffering from depression, the Mirror said, citing friends of the Argentinean which it didn’t name.

Tevez’s representatives in the U.K. have not offered an explanation for his failure to return from an unauthorized trip to Argentina but are working to resolve the issue with City, the newspaper said.

Beckham Euros Snub

England coach Fabio Capello has ruled out including former captain David Beckham in his squad for next year’s European Championships, the Sun reported.

Capello was cited by the newspaper as saying that Beckham, who will turn 37 before Euro 2012, is likely to be involved in the British team for the Olympic Games in London.