Paper round: Beckham in GB Olympics team

David Beckham has made the cut for Great Britain’s Olympic squad and will spearhead the team at the Games, the Daily Mail reports.


Manager Stuart Pearce will submit a 35-man squad to FIFA ahead of the tournament, the paper explains, and Beckham’s name will be on that list.

From those 35 names Pearce must whittle the squad down to just 18 players, but the Mail says that “it is unimaginable given his status and profile that Beckham will be discarded at the last moment.”

37-year-old Beckham, who has won 115 caps for England, has long been linked with the Olympic team, and has made no secret of his desire to play at a tournament where other leading names who have been less enthusiastic.

He is expected to be joined by Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy as one of Britain’s three footballers aged over 23 in the final squad selection. Bellamy let slip he had been selected earlier this week.

In a big transfer exclusive, Manchester United are in pole position to Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.

The Sun claims that a deal for the 26-year-old has been offered, with a transfer fee of £25 million and hefty wages of around £125,000.

Modric is on Euro 2012 duty with Croatia, but has been kept abreast of developments and would be keen to complete the move on his return to England.

It’s not the only bit of business the Red Devils are linked with, either: the Daily Mail reports that a £3m fee has been agreed for 18-year-old Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez.

QPR’s determination not to dice with relegation next year has seen them turn their attention to goalkeeper Ben Foster, who spent last season on loan at West Brom from Birmingham. The Daily Mirror say that Foster has leapt ahead of Fraser Forster in their list of goalkeeping targets.

The Daily Mail report that Newcastle are in the mix to sign Chelsea forward and free agent Salomon Kalou.

And finally, in a bit of fanciful speculation, Roberto Mancini’s future at Manchester City is hanging in the balance – because his wife would prefer to return to Italy.

The Daily Star say that Mancini is stalling on a £5.5m-a-year contract because of Federica.

A ‘club source’ ‘says’: “His wife’s dislike of Manchester is a genuine issue which isn’t going to go away and could determine his long-term future.”

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