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Smith Out, Tevez In?

Would you have thought that Alan Smith was going to leave United? OK, it's not a big shock. Who will replace him?

It seems that sufficient amount of time has passed since the announcement of signing Hargreaves, Anderson and Nani. The papers at last are approaching full flight in terms of publishing rumours about our beloved club.

First, it is Alan Smith - perhaps it will be best for all if I do not name all the clubs that are after him. Oh, well, let's have a try: Everton, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Portsmouth.

Newcastle have the best chance of landing him but only if they are ready to let Michael Owen go in the other direction. The former Liverpool man is almost a cert to join us, according to not-so-credible sources.

It must be a cunning plan from Fergie: we'll have two strikers, namely Saha and Owen, who are capable of great things and we can always look forward with anticipation to their return from the injury they struggle at that time. It ensures that we, fans, stay motivated and accept that even if things are not going well, we can improve with these two returning.

Of course they never return unlike Roy Keane who will visit Old Trafford as early as September and wil be able to field Kieran Richardson if he wins the race for him ahead of Everton. What a fascinating reunion it would be as if my memory serves correctly, it was our unforgettable Keano who declared that Richardson was in fact a lazy Bentley Baby.

Speaking of lazy people, Liverpool are ready to bid for Gabriel Heinze - I'd rather the one who published this would be hung, drawn and quartered. Fabio Aurelio and Riise cover the left-back position at Liverpool so a move to Real Madrid is the only sensible option for Heinze, apart from staying here - that would be the best. And why would he go to Liverpool if proper teams are after him, too?

Liverpool are almost certain to sign Fernando Torres but still want Carlos Tevez, too - unsurprising if we consider that they have a 'strikeforce' of Crouch, Kuyt, Bellamy and... that's all. Tevez snubbed Inter, expressed his desire to play for Real Madrid so it's only logical that Arsenal, United and Liverpool are set to fight for his services, isn't it?

Precisely the same clubs (OK, one of them) will buy Jermaine Defoe now that Spurs have paid about Ł456,738,245M for Darren Bent.

And finally, we signed two Nigerian teenagers though there's been no kind of official confirmation in that case. Okoro Osagepamwen and Kelechi Kalu are 18 years old and their agent insists they impressed on trials and signed for United.

We'll see but they will have to wait long if they want a chant or a song. Imagine Stretford End chanting 'There's only one Osagepamwen'...




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 1 2007

Time: 10:28AM

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Intresting stuff think United do need another striker. Not sure Owen is the right man but Tevez is young so would be a good buy.
matty17x
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01/07/2007 11:11:00

im not sure matty17x, i think owen is the kind of player we need. a fox in the box, because we already have a player like tevez, in our new number 10, wayne rooney
united4life
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01/07/2007 14:22:00

i think owen is the right choice too and will come in a lot cheaper then tevez. tevez likes to drop off and create as does rooney so its not logical to have them both.
rooneyisgod
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01/07/2007 16:39:00

Arsenal seem pretty confident that Tevez is going to them. Owen wuold be a great signing and really good replacement for Smith
Ashton Gas
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01/07/2007 16:55:00

Owen and Saha in the same squad would be a bit risky if they continue to be consistently plagued with injuries, Tevez is young, quite clearly has ability and most importantly is hungry for success so i'd be hoping to see Tevez in a Utd shirt soon, Owen would be ok as well, but in saying all that are they both not a bit small to be leading our front line if as you've pointed out Rooney likes to drop off and run from deep. I do hope that Tevez stays in the prem he's a fine talent and if he goes to Arsenal he will lift the fans spirits now that Thierry has gone.
Kanchelskis
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01/07/2007 17:38:00

Lets hope Defoe goes to Villa or Portsmouth or City or the moon, he is and never will be good enough to grace the holy turf of Old Trafford in a Utd shirt.
Kanchelskis
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01/07/2007 17:42:00

Remember Gary Birtles,Peter Davenport or Alan Brasil.They "graced"our ground!!!
SweetLeftFoot
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01/07/2007 19:45:00

couldnt agree with you more kanchelskis, defoe is an utter joke of a premiership/england player!!!
united4life
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01/07/2007 19:49:00

defoe 18 goals i think it was last season playing as a third choice striker. hardly a joke is it?
rooneyisgod
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02/07/2007 21:35:00

Hmmmm right..18 goals for Defoe is a joke of a player. Ok then mate. Bit like Alan Smith? Worst performance in an England shirt ever not long ago. And it was 16.5 million for Bent, around the same price you payed for an unproven Nani.
dazspurs
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03/07/2007 13:52:00

Listen mate this summer we have been linked with huntelaar, torres, tevez why would we want Defoe who is now 4th choice striker for spurs, a world class club needs a world class striker and defoe is far from world class, we have englands top striker why would we wont one who struggles to get into the england squad and if nani is unproven as you say its just as well we have the worlds best manager who happens to be the worlds best nurturer of young talent, who knew of ronaldo 3 or 4 years ago? Rooney is god does it not say something about defoe if he was only third choice striker and he scored 18 goals, why doesn't martin jol have faith in him?
Kanchelskis
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03/07/2007 22:53:00

 

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