Manchester United Wants QPR’s Taarabt, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Taarabt Manchester-Bound?

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson may make a move for Queens Park Rangers’ midfielder Adel Taarabt, the Sun reported.

The 23-year-old from Morocco could be brought in as a replacement for Portugal winger Nani and England international Ashley Young, the newspaper said.

Nani has scored two goals this season, while Young is still seeking his first.

Taarabt was sold to QPR from Tottenham Hotspur for one million pounds ($1.6 million) in the 2010-2011 season.

Baines to Leave?

United’s Ferguson is also targeting Everton’s Leighton Baines as a replacement for Patrice Evra, the Daily Mail reported.

Ferguson had tried to land Ashley Cole from Chelsea, but has given up as it looks “increasingly likely” the England player will join his former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain, the paper said.

Ferguson now wants to re-open talks with Everton for the 15 million pound-defender.

Suarez’s Price Tag

Liverpool player Luis Suarez may leave Anfield at the end of the season for as much as 40 million pounds, the Daily Express reported.

The player, who joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 for 22.8 million pounds, is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City. The Uruguay player is top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals.

De Rossi’s City?

Manchester City has held talks with 29-year-old Italy and AS Roma player Daniele de Rossi about a January move, the Daily Star reported.

The midfielder, who is valued at 25 million pounds, has played

for Italy 82 times and is the best-paid player in the Serie A.

Jack’s Talks

Arsenal has started new contract talks with midfielder Jack Wilshere, and may be offered the captain’s role, the Daily Mail said.

The 20-year-old would get a big increase on his current 50,000 pound a week contract, which expires in 2 ½ years, the newspaper said.

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