The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United is considering a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, amid uncertainty about the futures of Nani and Javier Hernandez, the Daily Telegraph reported.
United manager Alex Ferguson and his assistant Mike Phelan plan to watch Lewandowski, 24, play in tonight’s Champions League game at Manchester City, the newspaper said.
United has emerged as the front-runner to sign Lewandowski even though Chelsea has also actively scouted the Polish forward, who has made it clear to Dortmund that he will not sign an extension to his current contract, the Telegraph added.
United and Chelsea had scouts watch Lille left-back Lucas Digne in last week’s French Ligue 1 match against Rennes, the Daily Mail reported.
Digne, 19, broke into Lille’s first-team last season and has carried his good form into this campaign, the Mail said.
Blackpool forward Tom Ince is set to join United in a 4 million-pound ($6.4 million) January transfer, the Sun reported.
Ince’s father Paul, a former Red Devils midfielder, is said to have been trying to push the move through and spoke with United manager Ferguson earlier this week, the Sun added.
Kean to Keane?
Roy Keane delayed a decision on an offer to manage Turkish club Kasimpasa after learning of potential interest in his availability to replace Steve Kean as Blackburn Rovers manager, the Telegraph reported.
While no contact has been made between Blackburn and Keane, both parties are aware of the mutual interest and Keane is open to the prospect of speaking to senior Blackburn officials, the newspaper added.
Former Olympic sprint champion Michael Johnson is helping some of Arsenal’s academy players get faster at his athletic performance school in the U.S., the Daily Mirror reported.
“If a player needs to work on some aspects of his physical side, we send them there for preparation,” the Mirror cited Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as saying about Johnson’s link with the Gunners. “It is a fantastic school, but he is not directly involved with our team.”