Arsenal Lines Up Move for Javier Hernandez, Mail Says: Roundup

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

Striker Worries

Arsenal is discussing a move for Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez to help solve the London team’s striker shortage, the Daily Mail said.

Manager Arsene Wenger will try to sign a striker in the January transfer period to ease the workload on Olivier Giroud, the Mail said. Wenger still has his sights on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, but Hernandez is high on the list of alternatives, the newspaper said.

Wenger is also interested in a loan move for Juventus’s Fernando Llorente, the Mail said.

Khedira Move

Manchester United is weighing up a 35 million-pounds ($56 million) move for Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, the Mirror said.

United made a late bid to land the 26-year-old before the season, landing Marouane Fellaini from Everton instead. Fellaini is facing a wrist operation that could sideline him for two months and manager David Moyes wants to bolster his midfield, the Mirror said.

Quitting Time

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he expects England captain Steven Gerrard to retire from international play after next year’s World Cup, the Telegraph said.

Gerrard will be 34 when the tournament begins and last year said he was considering his future before the 2012 European Championship, the Telegraph said. He’s made 107 appearances for England since making his debut in 2002.

“Steven probably looks at it as though this is his last international year and after the World Cup that will be all finished and he will have lots of time to rest then,” the Telegraph quoted Rodgers as saying.

Positive Jol

Fulham manager Martin Jol has dismissed concerns about his future with the Premier League club, the Guardian said.

Fulham has won just three of 10 games and defeat tomorrow at Liverpool may drop the Cottagers into the relegation zone. Jol and his team were booed during last weekend’s home loss to Manchester United.

“You always feel better after wins than after defeats, especially when you are a bit proud and I think all the managers at that level are proud,” Jol said. “That is why they are so ambitious and they work hard, because of their pride. I have to cope with it, I can understand.”

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