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Arsenal Eyes Llorente, Lewandowski as Extra Striker: Roundup

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

Striker Wanted

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger asked his scouting network to find another striker before the January transfer window as he seeks back-up to Olivier Giroud as the spearhead in a 4-2-3-1 system, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente, Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez, Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic are among those being monitored, the newspaper added.

Wenger has about 35 million pounds ($56 million) to spend, the Daily Mail reported.

Sherwood Bid

Blackburn Rovers will make a second bid to hire Tim Sherwood, a technical co-ordinator at Tottenham Hotspur, as their new manager, the Sun reported.

Rovers, who are willing to pay Sherwood 2 million pounds a year, have already had an approach rejected by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, the newspaper added.

Rooney Role

England manager Roy Hodgson is considering using Wayne Rooney in the midfield role he recently played for Manchester United in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino, the Independent reported.

Hodgson may deploy Rooney in a deeper position because Frank Lampard is in doubt for the match at London’s Wembley stadium because of a knee injury, the newspaper added.

Swansea Revolt

Senior Swansea players have held secret meetings with chairman Huw Jenkins about the management methods of Michael Laudrup, the Daily Mail reported.

Players have been angered by Laudrup’s demands for a change to their tactical approach and are reluctant to adopt the Danish coach’s methods, the newspaper added.

Young Returns

Manchester United winger Ashley Young returned to training for the first time since injuring his knee in August and may be available for an Oct. 20 home game against Stoke City, the Daily Mail reported.

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