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Valencia wants to join United above Madrid
Luis Antonio Valencia wants to join Manchester United ahead of Real Madrid - with Sir Alex Ferguson on a four-week deadline to do the deal. Wigan's Ecuador star has told pals he would prefer to go to Old Trafford rather than return to Spanish football to become one of a wave of signings at Real for next season. But now Ferguson has the clock ticking on his bid as Latics insiders reveal they have a £18million offer for Valencia agreed with the Madrid club subject to the right candidate winning their elections. Valencia is wanted by leading presidential candidate Florentino Perez whose agents have tabled an offer subject to him topping the poll on June 14. However United can match the pending offer in the coming weeks and get their man ahead of their arch-rivals Real, with Valencia keen to join them and stay in the Premier League.
Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror
In other news, Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Carlos Tevez, but were reeling last night after being told Liverpool are willing to shell out £50million for the Argentine.
Ahead of Sunday's trip to Hull, the Sun reckons officials from Newcastle, Boro and Sunderland have discussed taking action if United send out a shadow side in the final game of the season.
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta have declared themselves fit for the Champions League final.