The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Newcastle United is in advanced talks to sign Marseille and France striker Loic Remy for 10 million pounds ($16.2 million) next month in a move that also will involve a Magpies player going the other way, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Marseille President Vincent Labrune is due in London today to meet intermediaries and further negotiations will include which player to the French club as part of the trade, the newspaper added.
Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Frank Lampard for French second-tier club Monaco as the England midfielder prepares to leave the Blues, the Daily Mail reported.
The 34-year-old Lampard, whom Ranieri signed from West Ham United in 2001 when he was in charge at Chelsea, has been told his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season, the newspaper added.
Milan Monitors Balotelli
AC Milan will try to use Mario Balotelli’s fight with Manchester City over a 340,000-pound fine for ill-discipline to sign the striker for a reduced fee next month, the Sun reported.
Milan is monitoring the situation closely and will have cash to spend if it can sell ex-City forward Robinho or Alexandre Pato, the newspaper said. Balotelli’s former club Inter Milan is also interested, though neither team is likely to meet City’s asking price of 24 million pounds, the Sun added.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will decide on his playing future in the new year with clubs in the U.S. and Middle East interested in signing him should he choose to leave the Red Devils, the Daily Mail reported.
Ferdinand, who is expected to be offered a one-year contract extension by United, is said to want to see how his body copes with the rigors of the winter program of matches before making a decision, the newspaper added.
Lescott Considers Loan
England defender Joleon Lescott may consider a loan move in January after starting seven games for Premier League champion Manchester City this season, the Guardian reported.
Lescott, 30, will assess his future if he doesn’t force his way back into the first team over the Christmas holiday program, with his former club Everton heading the list of potential destinations, the Guardian added.