Hodgson Says Polish Pitch May Remain Unplayable: Soccer Roundup

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

Unplayable Pitch?

England manager Roy Hodgson is concerned the waterlogged playing surface at Warsaw’s National Stadium may not have recovered in time for today’s rescheduled World Cup qualifying match against Poland, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Last night’s game was abandoned because of an unplayable pitch and postponed until 5 p.m. local time today, when further showers are forecast in the Polish capital, the paper said.

“The pitch is in a very poor condition,” the Telegraph cited Hodgson as saying. “The water is laying on the surface and it will need a lot of attention if we are going to play.”

Third Attempt

Manchester City is ready to make a third attempt to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, a long-term target for manager Roberto Mancini, the Sun reported.

A bid of 30 million pounds ($48.3 million) in January and wages of 180,000 pounds a week may secure De Rossi, who signed a five-year contract with Roma in February, the newspaper added.

Busquets Wanted

Mancini has identified Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets as City’s next major signing and wants to reunite the Spanish World Cup-winning midfielder with ex-Barca teammate Yaya Toure, the Daily Mirror reported.

Liverpool Loan

Liverpool would only be interested in signing Daniel Sturridge if it can take the Chelsea striker on an initial loan period in January, the Sun reported.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want to commit to signing the 15 million pound-rated Sturridge without making sure the 23-year-old fits his team’s style of play, the Sun added.

Turkish Target

Arsenal’s Andre Santos, who has lost his left-back spot to Kieran Gibbs, is a target for Turkish club Galatasaray, which is ready to make a bid for the Brazilian in January, the Daily Express reported.

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