The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to finance a 15 million-pound ($23.3 million) bid for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott by selling Andy Carroll, the Sun reported.
Chelsea is ready to make an official bid for Walcott, who has one year remaining on his contract, while Paris Saint- Germain is also keen on the player, the Sun added.
Carroll may make a permanent move back to his former club Newcastle after Liverpool rejected the Magpies’ offer to take the striker on a season-long loan, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Newcastle is expected to return with a cut-price bid toward the end of the transfer window to try and force Liverpool’s hand, the newspaper added.
Premier League champion Manchester City is set to beat Arsenal and Tottenham to the signing of 17-year-old French forward M’Baye Niang, the Daily Mirror reported.
City’s Football Administration Officer Brian Marwood approached French second-tier club Caen with a request for Niang, who’s rated at 6 million pounds, to come for talks this week, the Mirror added.
Manchester United will make a move for 13-year-old central midfielder Foday Nabay, whose registration as a Birmingham player has expired, the Daily Mail reported.
United is due to make a pitch for the Sierra Leone-born player to join the club’s academy tomorrow, the newspaper said. Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa also are interested in Nabay, the Mail added.
Five Million-Pound Fee
Dimitar Berbatov, United’s 30.7 million-pound record signing, said he’s been told by manager Alex Ferguson that he can leave for 5 million pounds, though he hasn’t been told why he has no future at the club, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“The truth is, I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing,” the Telegraph cited Berbatov as saying on his Facebook page. “And I want to play, I want to help, but for unknown reasons it’s not going to happen, or my chances will be limited, so it’s better for everyone if we say goodbye.”
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