Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. media, with clickable Internet links.
Game Over for Mario?
Manchester City is expected to announce today that it’s selling Italian striker Mario Balotelli to AC Milan for 17 million pounds ($27 million), the Sun reported.
Balotelli, 22, held a goodbye party at his house yesterday, the newspaper said.
He joined City in 2010 from Inter Milan for 22 million pounds, but the relationship between him and City manager Roberto Mancini seems “unsustainable,” the Sun reported.
Chelsea Targets Butland
Birmingham City and England Under-21 goalkeeper Jack Butland may join Chelsea for 3 million pounds as his club tries to avoid going into administration, the Daily Mirror reported.
Chelsea, who already have Petr Cech and reserve Thibaut Courtois -- now on loan at Atletico Madrid -- as keepers, wants to sign Butland as a long-term investment and may loan him to another club to let him gain more experience.
QPR Boosts Odemwingie Bid
Queens Park Rangers are to increase their offer for West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie to 3.25 million pounds, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Odemwingie has been at odds with his club recently, criticizing it on his Twitter account for turning down his transfer request. He faces a 70,000-pound club fine, the paper said.
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand may move to Turkish side Bursaspor on loan, the paper added.
According to the Daily Mirror, both Fulham and Norwich want to buy QPR and Scotland winger Jamie Mackie for 3 million pounds.
Celtic striker Gary Hooper may join Norwich for 7 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported.
Although Tottenham, Sunderland and Newcastle are also interested in Hooper, they have yet to put in a bid.
A previous offer by Norwich of 4.5 million pounds was turned down by Celtic, which wants 8 million pounds for the 25-year-old, the paper said.
Oldham Manager Safe?
Oldham Chairman Simon Corney said manager Paul Dickov’s job is safe for now, after speculation he might be dismissed even after yesterday’s F.A. Cup win over Liverpool.
Oldham is only one point above the relegation positions in League One after a poor run of form.
“I think Paul’s OK for the time being,” Corney told BBC Breakfast. “Hopefully this will be the kick-start and we won’t be talking about Paul’s job again.”
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