The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Mark Hughes has refused a request by team executives to resign as Queens Park Rangers coach, the London Evening Standard reported.
Hughes, 49, would get a 5 million-pound ($8 million) payoff if he is fired by the last-placed Premier League club, according to the Standard.
West Ham is ready to offer David Beckham a return to the Premier League after he leaves Los Angeles Galaxy, the Daily Mirror reported.
Co-chairman David Gold said it would be a “fitting” end to his career to play for the east London team, near where he was brought up, according to the Mirror.
Middlesbrough may wait until January to sign former winger Stewart Downing from Liverpool, the Sun reported.
Boro could take the 28-year-old on loan before the Football League loan deadline tomorrow, the Sun added.
Former Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp is considering a “mega-bucks deal” to coach the Ukraine national team, the Sun reported.
Redknapp, 65, would get a 6 million-pound salary before bonuses, according to the Sun.
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