The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wants to strengthen his club’s defense by signing William Gallas from Tottenham, the Evening Standard said.
Adding a center-half is one of Redknapp’s priorities during the January transfer period and he’s keen to link up with the Frenchman, whom he managed with Spurs, the Standard said.
Gallas is out of contract after the season and talks about an extension have been postponed until then, the Standard said. QPR looks to capitalize on the situation by buying him now, the newspaper added.
Tottenham’s chances of signing Leandro Damiao have taken a hit after the striker’s agent said he expects him to stay with his Brazilian club, the Daily Mail said.
Damiao was a favorite of former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and the club’s interest has continued with Andre Villas-Boas now in charge, the Mail said.
Agent Vinicius Prates denied Spurs made a 15 million-pound ($24 million) bid and said Damiao is happy at Internacional, where he is under contract through 2015, the newspaper said.
Andrea Pirlo said Chelsea would be “mad” to let Frank Lampard leave and that he’d welcome him to the Juventus midfield, the Sun said.
Lampard, 34, is out of contract after the season and has been linked with Juventus and Inter Milan, along with Manchester United, the Sun added.
“They would be made to let him leave Chelsea, he’s still one of the best in the world,” the newspaper quoted Pirlo as saying “If he wants to play in Italy I would welcome him to Juventus with open arms.”
Everton is lining up Wigan’s James McCarthy as a replacement for midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who is a target of Chelsea and Manchester United, the Daily Star said.
Toffees manager David Moyes is eager to hold on to his top scorer, but has put McCarthy at the top of his shortlist to fill the void if the Belgian leaves, the Star said.
Carlos Tevez says Roberto Mancini’s praise of Robin van Persie has lit a fire under the Manchester City strikers, the Daily Express said.
Mancini last month said Manchester United’s signing of Van Persie has made the difference in the Premier League title race. Since then, Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have all scored.
“Those words were motivation for the strikers,” the Express quoted Tevez as saying. “We know we need to carry on fighting.”
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