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Berbatov confident of making dream move
Dimitar Berbatov is determined Tottenham’s hard-line stance over a proposed move to Manchester United will not wreck his dream of Champions League football next season. United have not agreed a fee with Spurs and have not raised last week’s initial £20m bid. But despite insistence form Tottenham that a new approach is not welcome, Berbatov has told those close to him that he expects to be a United player come the close of the transfer window. Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to play a waiting game for Berbatov, given the Bulgaria striker is his only major transfer target of the summer. Sources at United confirmed there is no prospect of Berbatov joining them on their tour of South Africa and Nigeria, but negotiations will gather pace upon their return in a fortnight’s time.
Simon Cass, Daily Mail
An article in the Daily Telegraph claims Spurs are digging in their heels over Berbatov. The London club was quick to deny reports that a deal was close to being struck yesterday, insisting that they had no intention of letting the Bulgarian join United.
The Daily Mirror claims Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to jettison some of his emerging young United stars including Fraizer Campbell, Jonny Evans, Lee Martin, Danny Simpson, Chris Eagles, Darron Gibson, Sam Hewson, Danny Welbeck and Ben Amos. Some will go out on loan, while others will be given permanent transfers.
In other news, Ryan Giggs has been awarded an honorary degree for his contribution to sport and charitable causes. Giggs was made a master of arts by the University of Salford in a ceremony at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays.