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Chelsea Turns to Remy as Cheaper Striker Option: Soccer Roundup

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

Cheaper Option

Chelsea is looking to sign Marseille’s Loic Remy or Porto’s Jackson Martinez after owner Roman Abramovich decided Atletico Madrid’s 46 million-pound ($73.6 million) asking price for Radamel Falcao is too high, the Daily Mirror reported.

Remy, who plays for the French national team, would be available for 15 million pounds, and Martinez has scored nine goals in the same number of league appearances, the newspaper said. While Abramovich still backs striker Fernando Torres, the London team wants to add attackers, the Mirror added.

Spurs Move?

Tottenham may move for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, who is on loan at West Ham, in January to add to its attacking options, the Daily Mail reported.

While West Ham has a 17-million pound option to buy the England national team striker at the end of the season, Liverpool may accept an offer in January to raise funds to help rebuild its squad, the newspaper said.

Shawcross Offer

Stoke wants to sign defender Ryan Shawcross to a contract extension before his agreement expires in 18 months as the Potters try to fend off interest from Manchester United and Spurs, the Daily Telegraph said.

The 25-year-old arrived from United for 1 million pounds in 2008, and has attracted attention from his former club and Tottenham after making the England national team, the newspaper added.

Fulham Talks

Fulham is trying to negotiate a new contract with captain Brede Hangeland as the defender can leave on a free transfer at the end of the season and may attract interest from overseas clubs, the Daily Mail said.

The 31-year-old, who earns about 40,000 pounds a week, is also captain of Norway, and can negotiate a contract with a foreign team after January, the newspaper said.

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