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QPR Wants Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

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

QPR in Bent Swoop?

Queens Park Rangers may make an offer for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent during the January transfer window, the Daily Mirror reported.

QPR manager Neil Warnock has made a striker his top priority and the club’s Chairman Tony Fernandes is ready to back a move for Bent, the newspaper said.

Villa would want a fee similar to the 24 million pounds ($37.8 million) it paid for the 27-year-old in January this year, the Mirror added.

Arsenal Mulls Loans

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering different loan options, including Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, to strengthen his defensive line-up after injuries to all four specialist fullbacks, the Guardian reported.

The Sun reported that Bridge has been told by City manager Roberto Mancini it is time to move on. The fullback hasn’t started a Premier League game for City since October last year.

“I hope he will go,” the paper quoted Mancini as saying. “It’s difficult for a player to stay here every day then, on a Saturday, nothing.”

United Targets Rodriguez

Manchester United leads the race to sign Independiente midfielder Patricio Rodriguez ahead of Benfica, Udinese and Marseille, the Daily Mail reported. The 15 million-pound rated player has been scouted by United six times in the last three months, the newspaper said.

Cahill Chelsea-Bound

Chelsea will sign Bolton’s Gary Cahill for 7 million pounds in January, the Daily Mirror reported. Bolton has agreed to sell the England player to avoid losing him on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June, the newspaper said.

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