WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

17/11/2009 10:41

Papers: Pair to depart?

Tottenham target unsettled keeper
Spurs are lining up a £6million New Year bid for England keeper Ben Foster. The Manchester United star admits he may have to quit Old Trafford after slipping to No 3 in the pecking order. And Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is in the market for a new keeper after Carlo Cudicini was seriously injured in a bike accident last week. Foster fears he will not be in England's World Cup squad next year unless he is playing regular first-team football in the Premier League.
Mark Irwin, The Sun

Foster is also considering asking for a six-month loan, according to The Telegraph. The same newspaper also speculates on Nani's future, claiming "Fiorentina are proposing a 6-month loan followed by negotiations on a £15m deal for a player that cost United £17m.”

Writing for The Independent, Ian Herbert believes United’s demand for fitter referees is set to be shunned, as football authorities are satisfied with the standard.

He says: “Ferguson's suggestion that continental referees are "fit as butchers' dogs", as he put it, unlike Premier League referees, takes no account of the fact that many continental officials are amateurs and that the slower build-up of play in continental European leagues means that they cover less ground than those in the Premier League.”

The Independent also report that Dimitar Berbatov may require knee surgery, leaving the door open for Michael Owen to stake a claim for his England place.

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