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The Rumour Mill

All the journalists are convinced United will sign a striker in the January transfer window, or so it seems as more and more rumours have emerged about attackers.

First, many sources claim United are willing to pay £12m for unsettled Spurs striker Jermain Defoe who is reportedly sick of sitting in the bench and therefore he wants to leave White Hart Lane. Why on earth would he come to United if this is really the case, I don't know. Surely he does not expect to be a regular starter at Old Trafford?

Two of our defenders are thought to be rather pessimistic about their first-team opportunities and I can see their point. Wes Brown and Mikael Silvestre are keen to play regularly but the former does not have any real chance now the Vidic-Ferdinand pairing drwe all sorts of praise whilst the Frenchman is the third-choice left back behind Patrice Evra and Gabriel Heinze.

Newcastle are thought to be after Brown who is rated around £4m. The Magpies desperately need some defensive cover and Wes would like to stay in the northwest so it can be an ideal piece of business for all parties concerned.

Silvestre admitted he'd like to play in Spain and he could be used in part-exhange deal for Fernando Torres, Atletico Madrid's 22-year-old striker.

Freddy Adus impressed during his trial at the club's academy but he allegedly stated he'd like to sign for Real Madrid as the Spanish football suits him much more than the physical style of the Premier League.

Finally, welcome one of our regular quests again, Owen Hargreaves. The England midfielder aims to return in January after his latest injury setback whilst the papers claim United will come back with a £18m offer for him.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 29 2006

Time: 2:32PM

Your Comments

i would take hargreaves and defoe and let silvestre move but keep brown. and didnt adu say he wanted to sign for msn utd not that long ago? hes having a trial with us surely that means he would welcome the move
rooneyisgod
£18million is a bit steep for Hargreaves isn't it? Don't get me wrong, I'd love him in my team (Villa) but £18m?
The Fear
oh, and do you think you'll sell Smith?
The Fear
If we buy a striker, Smith will go. Hargreaves is not worth £18m, a sum around £14m would be an acceptable price for him.
midlothian99
18 mil for hargreaves is much better then 18 mil for carrick
rooneyisgod
Typically Old Trafford faithful don't know much about football - Firstly £18 million for Carrick is money well spent - In a game that saw two of Europe’s top sides draw last Sunday he was quite rightly voted MOTM outshining Lampard, Ballack and Co. in midfield. Hargreaves is worth around £12 million in my book - but if it takes 14 - 18 to get him to old Trafford and he is the right player then what’s a couple of Mill to the likes of Trafford Park. Alex drops about 4 million out of his pocket when he's running for the bus. This isn't the price of grapes or petrol we are talking about - these are business transfers where prices fluctuate dependant upon the need and desire of a player. It could be said that Hargreaves was one of our best players at the disappointing world cup. If you shine on the world stage then your price goes through the roof. As for united needing a striker - no they don't - but you could well argue that you can never have enough - For me united have a secret weapon sitting in Newcastle at the moment - I would expect to see Rossi in the team next season.
Cpt. Mainwaring
smithy will certainly be going..its just a case of who will pay enough for him I feel....
ernshaw
Carrick was certainly a worthy signing, mr. Mainwaring. And I also agree with your claim about Rossi. A striker would be needed if Smith cannot regain his sharpness.
midlothian99
yeah i cant wait for rossi to start banging in them goals for man utd
rooneyisgod
Offer a stupid amount for Defoe.
storagematt
 

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