Date:Friday November 3 2006
It seems every tabloid consider it a certainty that United would sign a midfielder in the January transfer window. I had a minor heart attack when I read Aldo Duscher's name again - not him, please, please!
Yet there are three candidates whom I'd all like to see playing for us though only one of them seems to be a realistic target.
Sir Alex confirmed he wants to make another move for Owen Hargreaves but Uli Hoeness was rather straightforward on the subject - what a surprise! - as he insisted that the Canadian-born England international would be going nowhere in January, despite that the player himself claimed yet again he wants to move to United.
I'd love to see him here: he's stunningly effective in retrieving the ball and never stops for 90 minutes. But I must conclude, regretfully, that the Bavarian are as stubborn as ever and we might prepare ourselves for a disappointment on his front.
Of course, he's not the only one who has been linked with us. Another tireless, purposeful midfielder could be on his way if we believe the rumours, and he's Newcastle skipper Scott Parker. The former Charlton player is one of the few at St. James' Park whose performance is still at a very high standard despite the team's miserable run - though it's true they defeated Palermo and this could finally set them on the right track.
So Parker is good, he would be fine here (I know he wasn't impressive at Chelsea but he was much younger and never got a real chance to prove himself) but I doubt that the Magpies would let him go, he's way too influential. Some people suggested they might accept a healthy price to bolster their shabby defence but I don't think they would sacrifice him. Hope is always there, though.
Therefore, one footballer remained and he's the one I think we could get. You may have guessed it by now - it's Nigel Reo-Coker. He's powerful, has a wonderful stamina and his tackling are superior to any of our midfielders'. He's reported to be unimpressed by the Hammers' poor displays (again, they also claimed a good victory in their last game which they could use as a springboard towards happier times) and he allegedly has a clause in his contract, stating he can leave if a club that finished in the top 3 in the previous season come in for him. Knowing this, and hearing Wenger insisting they never made a bid for him, I daresay we are the only contenders for his signature - Chelsea and Liverpool don't need him, Arsenal finished 4th and apparently don't want him.
Having said written all this, I admit I maybe woefully wrong. It remains to be seen whether anything at all happens in January.
Date:Friday November 3 2006
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