The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Di Canio Move
Paolo Di Canio’s resignation from Swindon makes the Italian a prime candidate to return to West Ham to replace Sam Allardyce, the Daily Mirror said.
The former West Ham player managed Swindon for 21 months, leading the squad to promotion from League Two. It’s in sixth place in League One, three points from the top. Di Canio resigned after a planned ownership change wasn’t approved this week, the newspaper said.
Allardyce’s contract may not be renewed, depending on how the Hammers finish the season, the Mirror said.
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko may return to Germany as Borussia Dortmund lines up the Bosnian, valued at 20 million pounds ($31 million), to replace Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski, the Sun said.
Dzeko, 26, isn’t a regular starter for City even though he’s scored 13 goals this season, the newspaper said. He’d be willing to accept a pay cut from his 120,000 pound-a-week salary to move, the Sun said.
Chelsea captain John Terry said supporters have the right to complain about manager Rafael Benitez unless the team starts to win games, the Independent said.
The Blues are 16 points behind league leader Manchester United and Benitez, who joined in November, has been booed and criticized by fans, the newspaper said.
Banker Keith Harris’s offer to buy Portsmouth was rejected by the Football League, and the League One team can only be saved by a successful bid from a supporters group, the Daily Telegraph said.
Harris offered to purchase the team and give 15 percent of the ownership to fans and financial supporters, the newspaper said. The League’s board dismissed the bid, saying that its focus will be on the Pompey Supporters Trust offer, the Telegraph said.
Later this week, the Trust may move closer to acquiring the club when a court sets a final date for the valuation of Fratton Park, followed by a high court hearing that will permit the takeover, the newspaper said.
Amorebieta for Arsenal
Arsenal is considering a bid for Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta, who will be allowed to leave the Spanish club after the season, the Mirror said.
The 27-year-old from Venezuela played more than 250 times for Bilbao, and his agent said he rejected an offer from Anzhi in Russia, the newspaper said. He said negotiations have started with Arsenal, with Amorebieta possibly joining in June, the Mirror said.