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Chelsea Picks Di Matteo After Guardiola Refusal: Soccer Roundup

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

Guardiola Declines

Chelsea will appoint Roberto Di Matteo as permanent coach this week after former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola rejected the job, the Daily Mirror reported.

Interim manager Di Matteo led Chelsea to its first Champions League title last month. Guardiola left Barcelona after last season, saying he wanted a break from soccer.

Newcastle Offer

Newcastle made a bid for Ajax’s Netherlands midfielder Vurnon Anita, the Sun reported, citing his agent Harry Lulofs.

The 23-year-old Anita, who can also play as a full-back, has represented the Netherlands three times and was in the initial 30-man squad for Euro 2012, the Sun said.

City Goalkeeper

Queens Park Rangers plans to offer 3 million pounds ($4.7 million) to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, the Sun reported.

QPR coach Mark Hughes will go ahead with bid today even though Given is at Euro 2012 with Ireland, the Sun said.

Reading Bid

Reading will spend as much as 6 million pounds to sign Copenhagen’s Senegal striker Dame N’Doye, the Sun reported.

The Royals plan to fend off competition from Newcastle and Everton for the 27-year-old, who has 59 goals in 104 games for the Danish club, according to the Sun.

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