The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool’s attempts to re-sign attacker Tom Ince have been put on hold because his current club Blackpool have stopped taking calls from the Reds, the Daily Mirror reported.
Manager Brendan Rodgers had believed the 7 million-pound ($11.2 million) move to bring back the former Liverpool youth player was a done deal but Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston is “playing hardball,” the Mirror said.
The deal that took the winger to the Seasiders included a sell-on clause that reduces the amount Liverpool would need to pay to re-sign him, the Mirror added.
Manchester United will make an official bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha in the next 48 hours, the Daily Mail reported.
United is confident it can get the 20-year-old for as little as 6 million pounds, well below Palace’s original 20 million-pound valuation, according to the newspaper.
“He’s one of the players we are looking at, but it is far from done,” United’s Chief Executive Officer David Gill told Sky Sports News yesterday.
“Even if we did do something with Wilfried, that would be for the summer,” he said.
Tottenham midfielder Sandro may miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, according to the Sun.
Coach Andre Villas-Boas had said he thought Sandro would be fit to play against Manchester United in three days after the Brazilian twisted his knee in the team’s 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers on Jan. 12.
Scans and an exploratory operation have shown the injury is worse than first thought, the Sun said.
Manchester United is scouting Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay as a possible long-term replacement for aging center-backs Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, the Daily Mail reported.
Manager Alex Ferguson sent officials to watch the Argentine in last weekend’s game against Porto after scouting him at two other games this season, the newspaper said.
Benfica, which leads the Portuguese championship by three points, may be forced to sell the 26-year-old because it can’t continue to pay his salary, the Mail said.
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