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Blackburn May Sign Henrik Larsson as New Manager: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Larsson Coming?

Former Sweden international Henrik Larsson may take Steve Kean’s place at Blackburn Rovers, the Daily Mail reported.

Kean resigned as Blackburn manager last month. The club has had its approach for Tim Sherwood, technical coordinator at Tottenham Hotspur, blocked by his present employer. Although the team also has Indian coach Judan Ali on its list, the owners would prefer a high-profile name to appease fans, the paper said.

Larsson’s stint at Landskrona in Sweden - where he kept the second division club out of relegation on a tight budget - has impressed Blackburn’s Indian owner Venky’s.

Larsson, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006, has told Landskrona he won’t be staying on when the Swedish season ends next month.

Chasing Tavares?

Fulham manager Martin Jol is keen to sign Senegal midfielder and free agent Mickael Tavares, 29, after losing some of his key midfield players this season, the Sun reported.

Sunderland Target?

James McFadden, who was released by Everton this summer, may be signed by Sunderland after training with the squad, the Daily Mirror reported.

“We’ll see how it goes, but he has done well and we’ll talk,” the paper quoted Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill as saying.

McFadden, 29, has played more than 150 Premier League matches and has represented Scotland 48 times.

Rio Out?

Rio Ferdinand may be left out of the England team for next week’s World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Poland, the Daily Mail reported.

The paper cited Gary Neville, a coach with the England national team, as saying on U.K. television that the 33-year-old Manchester United player “has lost a yard of pace,” but was “still quicker than Steve Bruce, Tony Adams and John Terry.”

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