The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool agreed a fee of 12 million pounds ($18.5 million) with Roma for striker Fabio Borini, who would become Brendan Rodgers’s first signing as manager, the Daily Mirror reported.
Rodgers knows the 21-year-old Italian well, having first coached Borini in Chelsea’s youth team and then taking him on loan at Swansea, the Mirror added.
Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy is poised to reject a return to hometown club Cardiff City for a shock move Queens Park Rangers, the Sun reported.
QPR manager Mark Hughes, for whom the striker played at Manchester City and for Wales, wants to tie up a deal that would involve a nominal fee within a week, the paper added.
Manchester United is closing in on signing Sao Paulo’s 19-year-old playmaker Lucas Moura for 25 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported.
United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor flew to Brazil two days ago as the club tries to secure Moura’s signature before he plays for Brazil in a pre-Olympic Games exhibition match next week, the Mail said. United may include Brazil midfielder Anderson as part of the package, the paper added.
Manchester United will offer Darren Fletcher a non-playing role at the club if the Scottish midfielder fails to recover from a chronic bowel condition that has sidelined him since November, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“Obviously he has got great challenges ahead and we are happy to be patient with him but he won’t be starting the season,” the newspaper cited United manager Alex Ferguson as saying. “If it doesn’t work for him he knows he has a position in the club anyway.”
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, who has a 16 million-pound release clause in his contract, the Mirror reported.
The arrival of Lopez, who scored 15 goals last season, would put Jermain Defoe’s future at Spurs in doubt, with Reading keen to sign the England striker, the newspaper added.
Toure to Turkey?
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is wanted by Turkish club Bursaspor, which has tabled a bid of about 6 million pounds for a player whom City paid 16 million pounds in 2009, the Mirror reported.