The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Tottenham Hotspur is set to offer Andre Villas-Boas the manager’s job following direct negotiations with the Portuguese coach, the Guardian reported.
Villas-Boas and his representative have sought assurances about the future of players including midfielder Luka Modric, and Harry Redknapp’s eventual replacement will be given transfer funds to reshape the squad in his image, the Guardian said.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy wants to speak to France manager Laurent Blanc before deciding on an appointment, the Daily Mail reported.
Levy is still mulling over his options, which include Wigan’s Roberto Martinez and former Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick, the newspaper added.
AC Milan is considering a move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina as it tries to rebuild, the Mail reported.
Christian Abbiati, Milan’s first-choice goalie, turns 35 in the offseason and Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri wasn’t convinced by his performances last season, the Mail added.
Double for De Jong
FC Twente manager Steve McClaren told Newcastle United to double its offer for striker Luuk de Jong after an 8 million-pound ($12.5 million) bid was rejected, the Sun reported.
Negotiations are continuing and Newcastle may seal a deal with a fee of about 9.5 million pounds, the Mail said.
Barcelona will turn its attentions to Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen, Chelsea’s David Luiz and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany if it fails to acquire Athletic Bilbao defender Javi Martinez, the Daily Mirror reported.