Arsenal Wants to Sign Swansea Defender Williams: Soccer Roundup

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

Wenger Wants Williams

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Wales captain Ashley Williams from Swansea City at the end of the season, the Guardian reported.

Wenger has identified Williams, who is contracted until 2015 and would cost about 8 million pounds ($12.1 million, as having the leadership qualities to control and organize Arsenal’s defense having lost faith in his central-defensive partnership of Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker, the newspaper added.

Carroll Unconvincing

West Ham United is set to send Andy Carroll back to Liverpool when his loan spell finishes at the end of the season, the Sun reported.

England striker Carroll hasn’t done enough to clinch a permanent 17 million-pound move and justify wages of 84,000 pounds a week, the Sun said. The Hammers will instead turn their attention to Southampton’s Rickie Lambert, who would cost about 6 million pounds, the newspaper added.

Teenage Trial

Liverpool is set to invite teenage striker Daniel Carr, who’s scored 23 goals in as many games for London-based non-league team Dulwich Hamlet this season, for a weeklong trial, the Daily Mail reported.

The 18-year-old Carr, who plays eight tiers below England’s top division, has been monitored by several Premier League clubs, the newspaper added.

Call for Help

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina called on the club’s board to add quality players in the offseason to ensure manager Brendan Rodgers is able to build on the team’s solid foundations, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“Obviously we will need some help from the board but I think the basis is well settled,” the Telegraph cited Reina as saying. “We know the ideas and philosophies of the manager. It is getting better and better so hopefully we will be ready to compete.”

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