The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea and Tottenham are competing to sign French striker Loic Remy from Marseille, which is demanding about 15 million pounds ($24 million), the Daily Express said.
Tottenham was interested in Willian, a Shakhtar Donestsk striker, but isn’t willing to pay the 20 million pounds his current club is demanding, the newspaper said. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has declined to make bids for Porto’s Hulk and Napoli’s Edin Cavani because of the cost, and the Blues are considering a move for Remy instead, the newspaper said.
Manchester City is considering a bid for Inter Milan defender Maicon, who might be available for 6 million pounds, the Guardian said.
The 31-year-old, who played for City coach Roberto Mancini for two years, has one year remaining on his contract and would compete for a spot with Pablo Zabaleta, the newspaper said. Micah Richards is out of favor with Mancini, the Guardian said.
Liverpool will try to sell striker Andy Carroll to fund a bid for Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente, the Sun said.
The 27-year-old Llorente has refused to extend his contract, which expires after the season, and has been forced to train with the reserves, the newspaper said.
Swansea is paying 5.5 million pounds for Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, the Mirror said.
Coach Michael Laudrup had two bids rejected before getting the player, the newspaper said.