The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
QPR Faces Clearout
Queens Park Rangers Chairman Tony Fernandes will order a major clearout at the end of the season if the team is relegated from the Premier League, with fan favorite Adel Taarabt among those likely to be sold, the Daily Mirror reported.
As many as nine other first-team squad members could also leave the west London club in the offseason as it seeks to slash its wage bill, the Mirror added.
Tottenham Hotspur is among a group of Premier League clubs that would consider triggering France striker Loic Remy’s release clause of 8 million pounds ($12.2 million) if QPR drops to the Championship, the Guardian reported.
Manager Harry Redknapp said he wants to stay in the event of relegation, the Guardian added. With six matches to play, QPR is one place off the bottom and seven points behind Wigan and Sunderland. Three teams go down at the end of the season.
Liverpool faces opposition from Marseille in its bid to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel, who’s rated at 10 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.
Spain international Capel, 25, started his career in Barcelona’s academy program before moving to Sevilla and then to Portugal, the newspaper added.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will open contract talks this week to remain at the club providing it stays in the Premier League, the Daily Mail reported.
The Belgian has scored 19 goals for Villa since joining from Genk in August and is a target for Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal, the newspaper added.
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