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Reds chase former Arsenal and Spurs star
Manchester United are ready to launch a sensational bid for Sol Campbell. Alex Ferguson sees the former England centre-half as the answer to United's defensive problems. Campbell, 35, has been training by himself since leaving Notts County in September, just weeks after signing a five-year deal with the League Two side. The one-time Spurs and Arsenal star has reached agreement with County over his registration which leaves him free to join another club. United desperately need Campbell's experience to overcome a back four crisis that has Ferdinand, Vidic, Brown, Neville, Evans and O'Shea crocked. United are investigating how quickly they can sign Campbell and the signs are he will be fit for his debut for the champions early in the New Year.
Charlie Wyatt, The Sun
With the Sports Personality of the Year due this weekend, Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail is among those touting Ryan Giggs for the award - as voted for by viewers of Sunday night's programme on BBC1. Samuel says: “Here he is still ripping West Ham apart and showing no sign of inferiority to any of the bright young things who may have been considered his replacement.”
Once again there are calls for Michael Owen to be in England's World Cup squads after his hat-trick against Wolfsburg. The United striker's advocates in the press all hope Fabio Capello was watching as the striker bagged his second three-goal haul on German soil.