Lampard to Leave Chelsea for Italy at Season End: Soccer Roundup

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

Lampard Leaving

Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea at the end of this season with an Italian club his most likely destination, the Daily Mail reported, citing his agent Steve Kutner.

“At this moment, Lampard is exclusively thinking about the present, in other words Chelsea,” the Mail cited Kutner as saying. “As for the future, the only certainty is that he will change team at the end of the season. Frank wants to play for a great side, capable of challenging for important targets and where he could win more trophies.”

Lescott Move

Aston Villa is considering a move for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, who supported Villa as a child, the Daily Mirror reported.

Everton and Sunderland are also interested in signing the 30-year-old England defender, who’s rated at 10 million pounds ($16 million) and would have to take a significant wage cut to join Villa, the newspaper said.

QPR Offered Sneijder

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp said he’s been offered Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder to boost his team’s fight against relegation, the Sun reported.

“I was asked by one agent if I wanted to sign Sneijder,” the Sun cited Redknapp as saying. “Of course I do. However, he’s on about 200,000 pounds a week and now he wants to join QPR? Let’s just say I think a deal is unlikely.”

Spurs Sign Fryers

Tottenham Hotspur completed a 3 million-pound deal to sign former Manchester United defender Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege, the Daily Telegraph reported.

United was demanding 6 million pounds in compensation from Spurs for Fryers, 20, in the offseason because he was under the age of 23, though tribunal rules don’t apply in Belgium and the player signed a two-year contract there, the newspaper added.

Suarez Switch

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is prepared to move Luis Suarez, the club’s top scorer this season, to accommodate Daniel Sturridge in the new signing’s preferred role as a central striker, the Telegraph reported.

“I spoke with Luis at length on it a number of times,” the newspaper cited Rodgers as saying. “Wherever he plays he will make the same movements and he will find the space because he is a world class player.”