Papers: Midfield recruit?
Fergie In Fight For Palacios
Manchester United were last night planning a £14million bid for Wigan star Wilson Palacios. The Latics rejected a £10m bid from Tottenham for the Honduras midfield powerhouse yesterday. SunSport understands that Wigan told Spurs they will not do business for less than £14m. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insisted: “It’s not enough money. They can come back or forget it.” Latics boss Steve Bruce confirmed he plans to hold talks with Palacios, 24, over his future today. He said: “We’ll see what happens when the money men start talking. But it’s difficult, it’s not about me or the chairman, it’s about the player. How can you deny them a life-changing opportunity? You can bet it will be a huge contract. He will be as good a midfielder as there is in a couple of years.” United manager Alex Ferguson is a huge fan of Palacios and was planning a summer swoop. But the Spurs offer has forced United’s hand as Whelan will sell to the Londoners for the right price. Mark Irwin and Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun
United's narrow win over Wigan naturally attracts plenty of coverage in the tabloids, with match-winner Wayne Rooney just one of a host of players picking up injuries. “All over the pitch we were limping but it’s a great result for us," Sir Alex told the media.
The Daily Mirror lauds United's backline, who posted a ninth straight Premier League clean sheet against the Latics. "Manchester United's two box-office stars combined for the only goal - but it was Sir Alex Ferguson's makeshift defence which intensified the pressure on leaders Liverpool," writes David McDonnell.