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Tom Cleverley is again being linked with a loan move to Bolton Wanderers.

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30/08/2010 08:20, Report by Steve Bartram
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The Gossip: August 24-30

With just a week to go until the transfer window slams shut, you can't go online or open the papers without hearing scurrilous rumours. In our rolling blog, Steve Bartram tracks all the United transfer tittle-tattle...

Running total: 104 in (estimated £1.857billion), 24 out (estimated £174.5million, including loans and swaps)

Friday 27 August

We've established that Rafael van der Vaart does not want to leave Real Madrid. Still, a host of clubs are reportedly chasing the Dutchman - with United repeatedly linked - and says Arsenal are ready to test the water with an £8million bid.

13:59 So, with these rumours persisting about Tom Cleverley joining Bolton, Wigan or another top flight side, Trotters boss Owen Coyle addressed the talk in full and frank fashion: "I am loath to speak about other teams' players, I always am, but Tom Cleverley is a terrific player," said the Scot. "He is a very talented young player. We made an enquiry before Manchester United went to America regarding Tom coming on loan, and Sir Alex said at that time that he would think about it. They came back from America, the lad had been terrific on the tour and they decided they would hold onto him, which I totally understand. If that changes between now and Tuesday, that is a different situation. As it is, I've not heard that to be the case, but if it changes then I will let you know."

12:01 Although David Gill seemingly ended United's transfer business for the summer with yesterday's quotes, it's also worth mentioning that the Reds' chief executive did add, in a later interview: "If there's a player who Sir Alex Ferguson thinks would change things we would go with it." The Gossip is back on track!

11:32 Sorry for the slow start to the day peeps, I've been covering the manager's press conference at Carrington. First rumour of the day is one that I slightly sneered at on Wednesday evening: Tom Cleverley going out on loan. Widespread reports claim the midfielder will indeed be sent out for the season to gain Premier League experience, with Bolton and Wigan the teams jostling hardest for his capture.

Thursday 26 August

That's official then... David Gill has just told Sky Sports News there will be no more business at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. The channel's moustachioed reporter Nick Collins asked him if there'd be any more deals done at United in the next few days and he replied, "No. There won’t be. We’re very happy with the squad. Sir Alex has gone on record in that respect. We have acquired three new players and we’re looking forward to a great, great season." (Adam

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