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Balotelli to miss hectic Yuletide schedule

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

A round-up of sports and football stories from the UK newspapers and websites including news from Chelsea, Manchester City, Leeds, Stoke, Reading, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Blackpool.

Daily Mail: Chelsea are considering moves for Marseille’s France striker Loic Remy, 25, and Porto’s Colombian forward Jackson Martinez, 26, after being put off by Atletico Madrid’s £46m valuation for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 26.

Daily Star: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is planning to miss the hectic Yuletide schedule by taking two weeks off to be with his pregnant girlfriend, who is due to give birth on Christmas Day.

Daily Mirror: Leeds want to keep Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge, 29, who has more than half of his three-month loan deal at Elland Road remaining, for the rest of the season.

The Sun: Reading are preparing a move for Arsenal’s £15m-rated Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin, 31.

Daily Telegraph: Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 25, who has 18 months left on his contract, has been offered a six-year deal as the Potters attempt to ward off interest from former club Manchester United and Tottenham.

METRO: Liverpool could miss out on Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Amorebieta, 27, with Roma and Zenit St Petersburg showing interest in the Venezuela defender.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester United are considering Blackpool winger Tom Ince, 20, as a potential replacement for Nani, 25. Ince is an option for Sir Alex Ferguson due to uncertainty over the Portuguese winger’s future.

 

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