Tottenham Concerned Over ‘Unsettled’ Gareth Bale: Soccer Roundup

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

Bale Bothered?

Tottenham is worried that Real Madrid has unsettled winger Gareth Bale, who may move to the Spanish club, the Daily Mirror said.

The north London team values the 24-year-old at 85 million pounds ($130 million) and is concerned that Real and Manchester United may start a bidding war should the player become unsettled by Real’s attention, the newspaper said

Forgotten Man

West Brom is trying to bring in Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, who hasn’t played much after signing for 6 million pounds last August, the Sun said.

City have signed another winger, Jesus Navas, so Sinclair isn’t likely to get more playing time, the newspaper said. New Everton coach Roberto Martinez, who worked with Sinclair at Wigan, may also be interested, the Sun said.

Loan Ranger?

Stoke is trying to sign Queens Park Rangers forward Adel Taarabt on loan, but his club wants to make a permanent deal for the player, the Daily Mail said.

Taarabt was sent home from training camp, and his relationship with manager Harry Redknapp is suffering, the newspaper said.

Feud Ending?

New QPR signing Karl Henry has ended a disagreement with fellow midfielder Joey Barton after joining the west London club from Wolves, the Mirror said.

Barton, who called Henry “a Sunday league player” and “a mug,” and Henry, who labeled Barton “an embarrassment,” have shaken hands and spoken, a club official told the newspaper.

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