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Berbatov And Lahm To Join?

January is getting closer, I feel it in the air, in my bones and in the papers. The New Year is a time for resolutions and new signings, too.

Undeterred by Fergie's insistence that he does not expect to buy anyone in the winter window, the tabloids are busy debating who will be United's next target. Some of these would make sense which is surprising, given the English media's obvious taste for utter nonsense.

For example, I think that Phillip Lahm would be a pretty good signing. The diminutive Germanian is tenacious, skilled full-back who is comfortable on either flank. The constant delays of Gary's comeback mean we will need a right-back, especially that Wes Brown is looking to move. But why would Bayern sell him? The sole fact that Fergie likes Lahm's football will not be enough to convince Hoeness and Rummenigge...

But let's talk about contract rebel Wes Brown before I forget. He's got two choices, apparently: either to wait for the end of the season and then join Newcastle as a free agent or accept being a makeweight in a swap deal for Spurs's Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian is a player we are thought to covet for a long time and the latest speculations involve Nani swapped for him. The papers believe United consider it a non-starter but would be prepared to offer Saha, Brown and 6 million of cash in exchange.

Just to clarify it: we would offload our current first-choice right-back and an important impact striker for a player who would be ineligible to play in the Champions League. Yes, that sounds logical. But I offer a deal: they can have Eckersley and Dong and 15 million. That would be realistic...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 19 2007

Time: 2:29PM

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Oh, and Fergie is supposed to launch a huge bid to obtain the services of Lyon's Karim Benzema. A useful player but like Berbatov, he would be cup-tied in the Champs League.
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19/12/2007 15:24:00

Why would Berbatov be cup tied in the Champions League? Spurs have never had so much as a sniff in the CL & I'm pretty sure the different competitions don't cross over!!
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19/12/2007 15:51:00

Sell Dong? Are you mad? Who's going to work the staff cafe every Saturday!
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19/12/2007 16:00:00

They do cross over so if one plays in the 1st round of the UEFA Cup in August then gets transferred to a Champions League club, he won't be able to play in the Champions League. However, in Berbatov's case I was wrong, too. He may be registered as one of the three newly entered players because he played only in the UEFA Cup. If we'd sign two players who played in the UEFA Cup in the autumn, only one of them could be registered for the Champions League though. But my apologies, Berbatov could play.
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19/12/2007 16:00:00

Tosswink, you're right. And we should mention those cool replica shirts with his name on them we sell in China. Massive income if you ask me, he's probably one of our most valuable players!
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19/12/2007 16:08:00

Hehe, I want a Dong shirt! I want to start a new UK trend!
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19/12/2007 16:51:00

Well, act soon then! Your purchase will be the dawn of a new era!
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19/12/2007 16:55:00

i think lahm is a good player should deffo get him, n berbatov is class, dong was bought for marketing, thats it, but hes good on pro evo at least :D
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19/12/2007 17:22:00

Is he? And I thought Pro Evo was realistic...
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19/12/2007 17:24:00

lahm is good but physically weak for the premiership. we should not buy him i think.
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19/12/2007 17:25:00

I'd be glad to see Lahm playing for ManUtd, he is quick and has a lot of qualities.
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19/12/2007 17:54:00

Berbatov Has Shown How Good He Is..Seen Lahm Play In Champions League He Looks A Pacy And Skilful Player.
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19/12/2007 18:49:00

Lahm and berbatov are both very gud players we all have seen berbatov play in the prem and lahm play in the world cup and in the champs leugea :P they will be grate signings !
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19/12/2007 19:32:00

dong is no where near good on pro evo.
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19/12/2007 20:46:00

good to hear that rooneyisgod :) that means i might even try pro evo. still think we should not sign lahm but berbatov would be pretty good. but how would he react to not being in the starting line-up every week?
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19/12/2007 22:52:00

Can I quickly point out, for the sake of my street cred, that I mean I will have the name 'Dong' on my shirt, and not a picture...
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20/12/2007 09:17:00

Pro Evo getting mentioned a fair bit on here, anyone got xbox live?
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20/12/2007 12:38:00

nah i prefer ps3. and if saha stays fit i dont think we need berbatov. lahm would be a good addition cause he can play right and left.
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20/12/2007 14:15:00

Ah thats a shame, anyone else got xbox live?
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20/12/2007 15:33:00

I think berbatov would be amazing 4 united but hes made it clear he aint comin !..lahm i havnt seen much of but heard hes a good player no doubt!
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20/12/2007 16:28:00


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