The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea Wants Imbula
Chelsea is planning a 25 million-pound ($40 million) bid for Marseille defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula, the Daily Express reported.
The 21-year-old Imbula, who was dropped from France’s under-21 squad this week for making inappropriate comments to a member of staff, has been watched several times by Chelsea scouts, the newspaper added.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka and will have him watched in the two-match World Cup playoff against France, the Daily Star reported.
Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on the 24-year-old, for whom Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk received a 10 million-pound bid from an unnamed Premier League club in the offseason, the Star added.
U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey is set to make a return to a Premier League club on loan from Seattle Sounders in January, the Daily Mirror reported.
Tottenham has first refusal on the midfielder, who can join another team for two months during Major League Soccer’s offseason, the newspaper said. Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton are also interested in Dempsey, the Mirror said.
West Bromwich Albion has written to the Premier League urging the introduction of video technology to prevent a repeat of the penalty kick controversy that denied it victory at Chelsea last weekend, the Daily Mail reported.
West Brom contacted the league and the referees’ body to ask if the time is right to allow match officials to review their awarding of spot kicks, and wants the issue to be debated at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting, the Mail added.
The Baggies’ grievances concern what they consider to be poor penalty decisions in their games against Southampton, Arsenal, Stoke City and Chelsea, the newspaper said.