Spurs Plan Clearout to Build Around Bale, Mirror Says: RoundupBob Bensch
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Tottenham plans a major clearout after failing to qualify for the Champions League, the Mirror said.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe, William Gallas, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker are among the players who may go as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to build his squad around Gareth Bale, the Mirror said.
Christian Benteke of Aston Villa and David Villa of Barcelona are two of Spurs’ targets, along with Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk and Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez, the newspaper said.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes is hopeful of persuading Wayne Rooney to stay at the Premier League champion, the Guardian said.
Moyes will make resolving Rooney’s future one of his top priorities, the Guardian said. The striker last month met with former manager Alex Ferguson and asked to leave if he wasn’t guaranteed a regular starting spot, the newspaper said.
Rooney, who has two years left on his current contract, played under Moyes at Everton and is open to a fresh start, the paper added.
Manchester City target Radamel Falcao has been told he can leave Atletico Madrid as a reward for helping the club reach the Champions League, the Sun said.
City faces competition from Monaco, which is considering a 50 million-pound ($76 million) bid for the Colombian, who is third in La Liga behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with 28 goals.
Closing on Kolo
Liverpool is closing in on the signing of Manchester City defender Kolo Toure in the wake of Jamie Carragher’s retirement, the Telegraph said.
Toure, 32, is available on a free transfer will have a medical exam at Liverpool after City’s tour of the U.S. this month, the Telegraph said. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has also expressed interest in Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Llori, the newspaper said.
Aston Villa will not renew the contract of defender Richard Dunne, the Telegraph said.
Dunne, 33, has been hampered by hip and groin injuries over the last year and has yet to play under manager Paul Lambert, the Telegraph said. He’s been told he could look for a new club after his 50,000 pounds-per-week deal expires next month, the newspaper said.
Lambert will also meet with Darren Bent, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland about their futures. The three all earn more than 3 million pounds a year and have rarely played with Lambert in charge, the Telegraph said.