The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Hulk Fee Agreed
Chelsea agreed to pay 38 million pounds ($58.4 million) for Porto striker Hulk and the Brazilian will join the Blues subject to a medical test, the Guardian reported.
Chelsea negotiated the price down from Porto’s initial minimum fee of 40 million pounds and his personal terms aren’t expected to stall the deal, the Guardian added.
Brendan Rodgers, who is set to be named as Liverpool manager today, may take Swansea midfielder Scott Sinclair and center-back Ashley Williams with him to Anfield, the Daily Mirror said.
Rodgers could also poach Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose transfer to Swansea from Germany’s Hoffenheim hasn’t been completed, the Mirror added.
Swansea midfielder Joe Allen is also being lined up for a move to Liverpool because he’s the type of player Rodgers needs to implement his “pass-and-move” playing style at the Reds, the Daily Mail reported.
The 22-year-old Allen, who has three years left on his contract, would cost Liverpool 10 million pounds, the Mail added.
Norwich Targets Lennon
Norwich City is readying a move for Celtic manager Neil Lennon to replace Paul Lambert, who is set to move to Aston Villa, the Sun reported.
Lennon, a former Northern Ireland midfielder, worked with Norwich Chief Executive Officer David McNally at Celtic and would consider a move to the Canaries, the newspaper added.
Holt to Follow?
Lambert’s appointment as Villa manager is set to be confirmed in the next 24 hours and he may be followed to the Midlands club by Norwich’s top scorer Grant Holt, the Mail reported.
Lambert will make Holt his top transfer target at Villa, whose owner Randy Lerner has set aside as much as 15 million pounds for off-season signings, the newspaper added.
Berbatov’s Way Out
Bayer Leverkusen will take Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov if the Premier League club lets him go for a cut-price fee, the Daily Express reported.
United wants to recoup some of the club-record 30 million pounds it paid Tottenham Hotspur for Berbatov four years ago and will listen to offers of 4 million pounds, the Express added.
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