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22/02/2008 09:41

Papers: Doubts over Wes

Brown heading for United exit
Wes Brown's Manchester United future is on a knife-edge after Alex Ferguson hit out at his contract demands. Brown, 28, wants £65,000 a week to sign a new deal but has been offered £10,000 less. He could leave on a free in the summer. Boss Fergie said: “We’ve given him his offer. It’s in his hands, not in ours. Players today live in their agents’ pockets. It’s a situation which depresses me at times. Wes has been with us since he was 12 but I don’t think that matters these days. Their agents live their lives for them — and if you are happy to go along with that then you get the situation you have just now.”
Neil Custis, The Sun

In other news, Rio Ferdinand believes United's unique fighting spirit and refusal to accept they are ever beaten can carry them to Champions League glory.

Sir Alex Ferguson is to recommend to United's board that Karim Benzema, the outstanding France striker, should be their primary transfer target this summer, according to The Guardian. However, he is deeply aware that not only is there competition from a clutch of Europe's leading clubs but that Lyon might price him out of the Glazer family's reach.

Joe Cole last night warned United, Arsenal and Tottenham that Chelsea will win the quadruple. The Blues take on Spurs in the Carling cup final on Sunday and Cole is convinced Avram Grant's men can sweep the board.

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