Giggs May Get Contract Extension, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Giggs Extension

Manchester United may offer Ryan Giggs a 12-month contract extension, the Sun said.

The 38-year-old is closing is on 900 appearances for United, and he’ll be approached next month to discuss staying another year, the newspaper said.

Manager Alex Ferguson will allow the Welshman to make a decision on his future without pressure, the Sun said.

New Striker?

Arsenal is pursuing Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao from Internacional de Porto Alegre, the Daily Mirror said.

Gunners coach Arsene Wenger may try to sign the player in January to beat Juventus, which has been scouting the 22-year-old as well, the newspaper said. Wenger, who has also been linked to Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Goetze, is trying to convince captain Robin van Persie to stay in north London by bringing in new talent.

Tottenham wasn’t able to get Damiao with a 15 million pound ($24 million) bid earlier this year, and the price has increased another 10 million pounds, the newspaper said.

Villa Striker

Aston Villa will sign Portuguese striker Yannick Djalo on a free transfer next month after soccer’s ruling body refused to approve his move to Nice from Sporting Lisbon, the Guardian said.

The 25-year-old has been unable to play since FIFA’s decision, the newspaper said. Villa manager Alex McLeish thinks the player will compete for playing time with Darren Bent, Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor, the Guardian said.

Italian Job

Roma may sign Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka, who is frustrated by lack of playing time in London, the Daily Mail said.

The 25-year-old wants to compete for a spot on the Croatian team for the 2012 European Championship, and the Italian club want him as a replacement for the injured Nicolas Burdisso, the newspaper said. Roma is also considering Chelsea defender Alex, the Mail said.

Corluka will sit down with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp to discuss his future, the Mail said.

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