Hodgson ‘Better Fit’ Than Redknapp to Coach England: Roundup

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

‘Better Fit’

The Football Association sees West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson as a “better fit” as England coach than Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Redknapp, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Premier League team yesterday gave permission to the English soccer ruling body to speak to Hodgson.

The F.A. hopes to wrap up Hodgson’s appointment within three days in what will be an “amazing snub” to Redknapp, the bookmakers’ favorite, according to the Mirror.

Liverpool Signing

Liverpool will sign AZ Alkmaar’s Rasmus Elm for 8 million pounds ($13 million) even after Reds coach Kenny Dalglish wasted a trip to see him play, the Sun reported.

The 24-year-old midfielder didn’t take part in the game Dalglish travelled to see because his wife had just gone into labor, the Sun said. Elm, who has played 22 times for Sweden, agreed to a five-year contract worth 40,000 pounds a week, the Sun added.

Dalglish in France

Liverpool is interested in hiring Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, who may be available to sign for 13.5 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported.

Dalglish and assistant Steve Clarke watched Montpellier’s 1-0 victory at Toulouse on April 27, the Mail said. Giroud, who missed a penalty in the game, could snub the Reds because he is likely to play in the Champions League with his French club, while the Reds will be in the Europa League, the Mail said.

Manchester Derby

Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson could recall Ji-Sung Park, who hasn’t played for seven games, to replace Danny Welbeck as he considers a five-man midfield against Manchester City, the Sun reported.

Ferguson wants to employ Park’s “destructive powers” and may employ just Wayne Rooney in attack, according to the Sun. City will overtake United on goal difference to lead the Premier League, with two of 38 games remaining, if it wins at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

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