The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Lloris Fee Agreed
Tottenham Hotspur had a 16 million-euro ($20 million) offer for France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris accepted by Lyon and targeted Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele to reinforce the midfield following the sale of Luka Modric, the Guardian reported.
Spurs are still pursuing Shakhtar Donetsk’s attacking midfielder Willian having had an 11 million-pound ($17.3 million) bid rejected, the Guardian said. The London club is continuing to explore deals for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, the paper added.
Liverpool wants to sign Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge and will sell midfielders Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing to raise the 15 million-pound fee, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Reds could also let Andy Carroll go this week, with Newcastle and West Ham still interested in a loan deal for the England striker that may lead to a permanent transfer, the newspaper added.
25 Million-Pound Fee
Chelsea wants 25 million pounds for Sturridge, who hasn’t started in any of the Blues’ three Premier League games this season, the Sun reported.
Sturridge, 22, still has two years left on his contract and is said to be unimpressed by the price tag as he feels it may end any prospect of him moving on, the Sun added.
Queens Park Rangers are set to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar to replace Rob Green, the Daily Mail reported.
The acquisition of the Brazilian goalie, who has won the Champions League and five Serie A titles with Inter, may be confirmed as early as tomorrow, the Mail said.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson banned the team’s young players from driving Chevrolet sports cars provided by club sponsor General Motors Co., the Mail reported.
Ferguson decreed that no player under the age of 23 should be allowed to order a luxury sports model after Chevrolet offered United’s first-team squad a choice of cars including Corvettes, the Mail added.
Wayne Rooney isn’t wanted by Europe’s big clubs, leaving Manchester City as the only team able to afford him should United decide to sell the 26-year-old forward, the Sun reported.
United would want 50 million pounds for Rooney, who was dropped for its first home game of the season following a poor performance at Everton, the newspaper said.
Premier League champion City wants to sign a ball-playing central defender and will make a final attempt to persuade Roma to sell midfielder Daniele De Rossi before the transfer window closes on Aug. 31, the Daily Telegraph reported.