The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Chelsea could hire former coach Avram Grant as a consultant after interim manager Rafael Benitez failed to spark an upturn in form, the Guardian reported.
Chelsea hasn’t won any of its last seven Premier League games, its worst run since 1995, the Guardian added.
Manchester United is trailing Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos, the Daily Mirror reported.
United coach Alex Ferguson sent his brother Martin, a scout for the team, to watch De Marcos against Barcelona last weekend, the Mirror said.
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale says he would consider playing abroad, the Daily Mail reported.
“If the time comes and a team that’s right comes in for me, then I’ll look at it seriously,” Bale, 23, was quoted as saying.
England defender Ryan Shawcross will sign a new contract with Stoke even amid interest from Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Shawcross, 25, wants to say because of support he has received from Stoke coach Tony Pulis, the Telegraph said.
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