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United Ready For Owen Swoop
Sam Allardyce is braced for a double raid on Newcastle strike duo Obafemi Martins and Michael Owen. Manchester United are set to offer £4million plus Alan Smith for Owen, while Arsenal have already lined up a £13m bid for Martins. The pair have buy-out clauses and Toon boss Allardyce said: “Everyone knows the clause situation Oba has. That leaves us in a very poor position. If those clauses are invoked, there is nothing we can do about it. I want to plan for Owen and Martins to start the season. But at some point between now and the end of August, I might lose those types of players. That would be a massive blow.” United are on red alert as Owen, 26, has yet to comment on suggestions he could invoke his £9m get-out clause.
Gordon Smart, The Sun
The Daily Mirror claims United's move for Anderson may have to be delayed for a year. The club is appealing a decision to deny the 19-year-old Brazilian a work permit. If that appeal is unsuccessful then rules forbid United from re-applying for another year.
The same paper expects United to rival Liverpool for the signature of Jermain Defoe, following Spurs' signing of Charlton striker Darren Bent.
Various tabloids tip United, Liverpool and Arsenal to renew their interest in West Ham striker Carlos Tevez. The Argentine has rejected a move to Internazionale, with his representative claiming that he wants to stay in England.