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Spurs Resume Pursuit of Brazil’s Damiao, Willian: Soccer Roundup

January 02, 2013

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.

Brazilian Pursuit

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has resumed his pursuit of Brazilian pair Leandro Damiao and Willian and wants to sign as many as three players in this month’s transfer window, the Daily Mirror reported.

Internacional striker Damiao was Brazil’s top goal scorer at the 2012 Olympic Games with six goals in five appearances and would cost about 20 million pounds ($32.6 million), while Shakhtar Donetsk wants 17 million pounds for winger Willian, the Mirror added.

Ferguson’s Future

Alex Ferguson said that he plans to continue as Manchester United manager “for a bit of time” even if his team wins the Premier League title this season, the Independent reported.

There’s been speculation that Ferguson, who turned 71 two days ago, may chose to stand down at the end of the current campaign should the Red Devils win the championship, the newspaper added.

Arsenal Inquiry

Arsenal inquired about signing Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, although the London club is reluctant to pay the 14 million-pound buyout clause in his contract, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Gunners are said to have begun formal talks with Atletico officials about a deal in this month’s transfer window, the Daily Mail reported.

No Henry Return

Record goalscorer Thierry Henry won’t be returning to Arsenal for a second loan spell from the New York Red Bulls, according to manager Arsene Wenger, the Guardian reported.

“He is not ready,” the Guardian cited Wenger as saying. “He has just come back from holiday so at the moment we are not on that case.”

Ba Replacement

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is lining up West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie as a replacement for Demba Ba, the Sun reported.

Odemwingie, 31, has 18 months remaining on his contract and may cost about 3 million pounds, the newspaper added.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at

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