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Napoli Interested in Everton Defender Baines, Mail Says: Roundup

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

Italian Interest

Napoli has shown interest in Everton and England defender Leighton Baines, the Daily Mail said.

Everton hopes its valuation of 20 million pounds ($31 million) will deter Napoli, which sees the 27-year-old as a replacement for Andrea Dossena, who is talking to AC Milan, the Mail said.

Baines has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, which has yet to make contact with Everton, the Mail said.

United Targets

United manager Alex Ferguson is planning a move for Baines and Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric as he attempts to retake the Premier League title, the Daily Mirror said.

Ferguson struck the first blow in his fight to win the crown back from rival Manchester City by signing midfielder Shinji Kagawa from German champion Borussia Dortmund, the Mirror said.

Summer Drag

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says contract talks with captain Robin van Persie could drag on all summer, the Sun said.

Van Persie has one year left on his current deal and manager Arsene Wenger hoped to have the Dutchman’s future sorted out before the European Championship. Van Persie has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus, the Sun said.

Happy in Manchester

Manchester City midfielder David Silva told Real Madrid he’s not interested in moving to the Spanish champ, the Manchester Evening News said.

Silva says he is perfectly happy in England and wants to see out his contract, which runs to 2014, the Evening News said.

Harry’s Extension

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged chairman Daniel Levy to offer him a new contract if the club wants him to stay as manager, the Guardian said.

Redknapp’s current deal expires next summer and talks between the sides stalled after the manager was linked to the vacant England national team job.

Sunderland Bound?

Gabriel Agbonlahor could be bound for Sunderland if new Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert brings in Grant Holt from his former club Norwich, the Sunderland Echo said.

Holt, who scored 17 goals last season, has submitted a transfer request and been linked with a move to Villa after Lambert was hired last week. That would free up Agbonlahor to join former Villa boss Martin O’Neill at Sunderland, the Echo said.

Cottage Return

Danny Murphy will remain at Fulham and spurn a move to QPR, the Daily Star said.

Murphy was left on the Premier League’s free transfer list last week and drew interest from QPR, the Star said. The 35-year-old is now close to a new agreement with the Cottagers, the newspaper said.

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