Manchester United Targeting Chelsea’s Lampard: Roundup

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

Qatari Star

David Beckham got an offer of a two-year contract to join the Qatar Stars League, the Sun said.

The 37-year-old wants to continue playing after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy following five years in the U.S., and may be attracted by a Qatari offer of a job as a representative for the 2022 World Cup, the newspaper said.

The former England and Manchester United player has been linked to West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers, the Sun said.

Done Deal?

Manchester United looks ready to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after Tottenham said it wasn’t going to try to contract the 20-year-old, the Daily Telegraph said.

Palace wants to keep the player until the end of the season, but United may be willing to sign him and loan him back to the London club, the newspaper said.

Spurs were among several Premier League clubs that were interested in signing Zaha that have now backed away because of United’s interest, the Telegraph said.

Theo Offer

Arsenal is confident of keeping striker Theo Walcott by offering him a five-year, 25 million pound ($40 million) contract, the Daily Mail said.

Walcott’s deal ends this season and the north London club will offer him 88,000 pounds a week to persuade him to stay, the newspaper said. The England player rejected an opening offer of 75,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said.

Rio’s Future

Rio Ferdinand will ignore offers of 10 million pounds from teams in China and the U.S. to remain at Manchester United, the Daily Star said.

The 34-year-old will open contract talks later this month with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season, the newspaper said.

He could get offers of 300,000 pounds a week in a foreign league, but wants to stay at Old Trafford, the Star said.

Ince Return

Liverpool is preparing to bring back winger Tom Ince from Blackpool for 6 million pounds, the Daily Mail said.

The under-21 England player left Liverpool last season for 500,000 pounds, and Blackpool was demanding as much as 7 million pounds to send him back, the newspaper said.

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