The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Rodgers Needs Reinforcements
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to sign free agent striker Michael Owen and former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba to boost his attack after Andy Carroll joined West Ham United on loan last week, the Sun reported.
“I cannot say no to anything,” the newspaper cited Rodgers as saying. “I have to look at ways to change the group. We need reinforcements.”
Carroll sustained a hamstring injury in his West Ham debut that may rule him out for a month and force him to miss England’s first four qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup, the Daily Mirror reported.
“He’ll probably be on the treatment bench for a while,” the Mirror cited West Ham manager Sam Allardyce as saying. “We will just have to pray that it is not too severe.”
Falcao Fancies England
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao is keen on a move to the Premier League and his father said it’s “very likely” that his son will join an English club by the end of the next transfer window in January, the Daily Mail reported.
The Colombian striker’s preference is to play for Manchester City or Chelsea, the Mail added. Falcao scored a hat trick against the Blues three days ago to help Atletico win European soccer’s Super Cup.
Free Agent Wanted
Swansea will have to find a free agent to replace left-back Neil Taylor, who fractured his ankle during the 2-2 draw against Sunderland two days ago, the Mirror reported.
The injury, which is likely to keep Taylor out for the season, leaves Ben Davies, 19, as the only left-back on the roster with the transfer window having shut, the Mirror added.
“We can’t go out and buy someone but we’ll have to do something,” the Mirror cited Swansea manager Michael Laudrup as saying. “It wasn’t in my plans for this injury but we’ll see what options we have.”
Cristiano Ronaldo refused to celebrate after scoring his 150th goal for Real Madrid in yesterday’s 3-0 win against Granada and is said to have cried for 20 minutes in the locker room, the Mail reported.
“I’m sad, when I don’t celebrate goals it’s because I’m not happy,” the Mail cited Ronaldo as saying. “It’s a professional thing. Real Madrid know why I’m not happy.”