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West Ham Agrees on $24.2 Million Fee for Carroll: Soccer Roundup

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

Carroll Fee

West Ham United agreed on a fee of as much as 16 million pounds ($24.2 million) with Liverpool to sign loan striker Andy Carroll on a permanent basis, the Sun reported.

West Ham’s offer is an initial 12 million pounds with as much as 4 million pounds in additional performance-related payments, the newspaper added. Liverpool paid Newcastle 35 million pounds for Carroll after selling Fernando Torres to Chelsea for a 50 million pounds, a record between British teams.

Luiz May Leave

Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be monitoring Chelsea defender David Luiz, who may not be wanted by Jose Mourinho if he returns to the Blues as manager, the Daily Mail reported.

Luiz, 26, cost Chelsea 21 million pounds and the London club will seek to sell him at a profit should the Spanish clubs’ interest turn into bids, the newspaper added.

Neville’s Options

Former Everton captain Phil Neville is in the frame for a senior coaching role at Stoke City after manager Tony Pulis left the club yesterday, the Independent reported.

Neville, 36, told Everton chairman Bill Kenwright he’s keen to take over from David Moyes, who was hired as Alex Ferguson’s replacement at Manchester United, as the Toffees’ manager, the Guardian reported.

Martinez Move

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has 48 hours to decide if he wants to replace Pulis, the Daily Express reported.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said he has meetings scheduled with Martinez today and tomorrow and expects the Spaniard to reveal his long-term plans, the newspaper said. Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and Mark Hughes are among the other candidates for the Stoke job, the Express added.

Teenage Target

Moyes, who officially starts at United on July 1, will fight Chelsea for the signature of Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, the Daily Mail reported.

Shaw, 17, was scouted by Moyes last season while he was manager at Everton, the newspaper added. Moyes is likely to try and acquire players from his former club with midfielder Ross Barkley, 19, high on his wanted list, the Mail said.

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