QPR Looks to Blackburn Defenders, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Blackburn Rescuers?

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is considering Blackburn defenders Martin Olsson and Scott Dann to help the west London club escape the relegation zone, the Daily Mirror said.

Redknapp is willing to pay 3 million pounds ($4.8 million) for Olsson while West Ham wants to pay only about 2 million pounds, the newspaper said. He is also interested in Dann, who would cost about 4 million pounds, the Mirror said.

Coloccini Exit

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini said he doesn’t want to play for the club again after failing to reach an agreement to allow him to return to Argentina, the Independent said.

Negotiations broke down earlier this week as the defender’s agent and the club tried to reach a pact to keep him in England for the rest of the season, the newspaper said.

Cut-Price Sale

Birmingham will cut the asking price for goalkeeper Jack Butland to 3.5 million pounds to try to generate bids from Premier League clubs, the Telegraph said.

The Blues want to raise funds to avoid administration and so are willing to allow the 19-year-old to leave this month for a lower upfront payment, the newspaper said.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Newcastle, Fulham and Southampton have been linked with the player, with Southampton’s 6 million-pound bid rejected in June, the Telegraph said.

Williams Wanted

Liverpool and Arsenal will both attempt to sign Swansea defender Ashley Williams, who is rated at about 8 million pounds, the Mirror said.

Ex-Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers wants to bring his former captain to Liverpool and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants the center-back to shore up his defense, the newspaper said.

Williams signed a new three-year contract in October, the Mirror said.

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