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United defender pleads for Newcastle move
Danny Simpson has urged Newcastle to sign him permanently from Manchester United. The 22-year-old will see his loan spell at St James’ Park come to an end on January 9 and is desperate not to be left in limbo, as Chris Hughton opens talks over his future. Simpson has established himself at right-back in a defence that has kept 13 clean sheets, but Hughton is weighing up all his transfer window options and has yet to strike a deal. Simpson said: “At the moment, my last game is January 9 against Reading. I think there have been bits and pieces of talks between the two clubs, but there’s nothing concrete. Everyone keeps saying that United are short of defenders at the moment, but a few are coming back soon and I’ve only got six months left on my contract there, so whether it would be right thing to stay there or not, I don’t know. But I’m happy here and if something can be sorted out, I’d like to stay."
Simon Bird, The Mirror
In The Guardian, there is an obituary to the late Albert Scanlon, following our own salute to the Busby Babe on Wednesday, while Sir Alex's tribute is widely reported.
Some of the papers feature quotes from United legend Denis Law who believes Sir Alex could go down as "the greatest manager the game has ever seen" when he finally retires, in Denis' words, "at 95 or 100!" The former Reds' striker also reckons United will kick on during the second half of the season and retain the title.
Jason Burt, of The Telegraph, is the latest to champion Ryan Giggs as the Premier League's player of the decade, calling the Welshman 'Mr Consistency'. Our countdown continues today with Rio Ferdinand. The Mirror covers United players' visit to the Royal Children's Hospital in Manchester, while Patrice Evra's aim to end 2009 on a high, first published on ManUtd.com on Wednesday, also makes the news.