West Ham Ready to Sell Every Player Except Scott Parker: Soccer Roundup
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
West Ham Clearout
West Ham is willing to sell any player except captain Scott Parker in a “radical” off-season shake-up, the Daily Mirror reported.
Co-owner David Sullivan pledged to use all the money raised from player sales to strengthen the squad after the Hammers virtually assured their survival in the Premier League.
“Other than Scott Parker, there is not a player we wouldn’t sell if it was the right bid,” Sullivan was cited as saying.
Avram Grant is a “shock” contender for the manager’s job at West Ham as Gianfranco Zola prepares to quit, according to the Mirror.
Manchester City will try to take goalkeeper Joe Hart back from his loan at Birmingham in a move that will enrage City’s Premier League rivals, the Daily Mail reported.
City needs to replace Shay Given, ruled out with a shoulder injury, as the team battles for the fourth Champions League spot.
Pearson May Quit
Adam Pearson may quit as Hull chairman as the club faces relegation from the Premier League, the Times said.
Pearson is disillusioned with the club’s inability to progress and cope with “an impending financial meltdown,” the paper added.
Hull will ask its players to take a 40 percent pay cut in an effort to avoid going into administration, the Mirror said.
Rooney’s Title Bid
Injured striker Wayne Rooney is desperate to play in Manchester United’s game at Sunderland on May 2 as the title race with Chelsea enters the final two games, the Mail reported
United is a point behind the Blues and has an inferior goal difference.
Juventus President Jean-Claude Blanc may fly to Liverpool this week to try to convince Rafael Benitez to accept the offer of a four-year contract worth 16 million pounds ($24.5 million), the Mail reported.
Robbie May Return
Wolves may try to re-sign striker Robbie Keane now that the club is safe from relegation, the Sun reported.
Keane is currently on loan at Celtic from Tottenham and has been named player of the season at the Glasgow club with 13 goals in 15 games, the newspaper said.
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