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Roo plans Ever-TON
Hot-shot Wayne Rooney has a glittering goal in his sights – to score his 100th at former club Everton on Saturday. The Manchester United and England striker notched up club goal 99 against Celtic on Tuesday. Now he is on the brink of a double birthday celebration that would stick in the throats of the Goodison faithful. "It is always nice for any player to score 100 goals,” said Rooney, “But if I could do it at Everton, where I started, that would be really pleasing."
Bill Thornton, Daily Star
In fact, most of Thurday's newspapers run with the quotes from Rooney saying that he'd like to reach 100 club goals against Everton on Saturday. He's 7/2 to score the first goal with Betfred (manutd.com/bet).
The Daily Telegraph reports that United are interested in signing Lyon's powerful forward Karim Benzema, despite the fact that the Reds already have a wealth of attacking talent. Sport and France Football have both claimed in the last few days that Sir Alex Ferguson has met with Benzema's father.