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Arsenal, Spurs Eye Chelsea Defender Alex, Star Says: Roundup

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Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Alex Wanted

Arsenal and Tottenham are set to offer Alex a way out of Chelsea, the Daily Star said.

The Brazilian defender has been made available for transfer after being dropped from the first team and forced to train with the reserves after a bust-up with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, the Star said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp are both keen to sign him in the January transfer period, the Star said. Wenger had two bids rejected during the summer, the newspaper said.

Gary Cahill has also drawn the interest of both teams, along with Chelsea, where Villas-Boas wants to use the Bolton and England defender with John Terry, the Star said.

Jenas Replacement

Aston Villa is considering Newcastle’s Danny Guthrie to replace on-loan midfielder Jermaine Jenas, the Daily Mirror said.

Jenas is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and has returned to parent club Tottenham for surgery, the Mirror said. Villa manager Alex McLeish could have signed Guthrie for free next summer after his contract expires, but may now bid for him in January, the newspaper said.

Anelka a Hammer?

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to sign Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka, the Sun said.

Anelka has been told he can leave the Blues after a disagreement with manager Andre Villas-Boas. But Allardyce, who managed the Frenchman at Bolton, believes the Hammers must win promotion back to the Premier League in order to make a serious offer, the Sun said.

No Donovan

Everton captain Phil Neville says it’s doubtful Landon Donovan will join the club on loan in January, the Liverpool Echo said.

The Toffees want to sign a goal scorer but Neville doesn’t feel the U.S. international will be keen to return to Goodison Park, the Echo said.

Donovan had a loan spell at Everton in early 2010 in the run-up to the World Cup in South Africa.

Race for Ridgewell

Queens Park Rangers have joined the race to sign Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell, the Mirror said.

Ridgewell is set to leave Birmingham in January after requesting a transfer before the season, the Mirror said. West Brom, Stoke and Newcastle are also interested after all bidding for him last summer, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

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

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