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28/10/2009 08:16

Papers: Reds plot Spain swoop

United close on £50m targets
Manchester United are closing in on a £50million double swoop for David Villa and David Silva after Valencia admitted they are prepared to sell. Sir Alex Ferguson has been tracking the the Spanish pair for some time but no deal could be struck in the summer. But as United continue to struggle in the absence of the departed Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferguson needs to find a world-class source of goals - and could be ready to splash a large chunk of the £80m he got from Real Madrid. United are operating with just three established strikers in Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen. But they could soon have new team-mates as cash-strapped Valencia desperately need to raise money.
David McDonnell, Mirror

Almost all the tabloids feign shock that Sir Alex Ferguson said Chris Foy was right to send off Gary Neville at Barnsley.

The Daily Telegraph says Sir Alex has stumbled upon a potent strike-force in Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck, who got United's goals at Oakwell.

Elsewhere, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has reportedly said that the FA are intimidated by Sir Alex, saying any other manager would have been "crushed" for similar remarks about referee Alan Wiley.

Martinez has since denied making these remarks. A League Managers Association statement read: "Roberto Martinez has categorically denied making the comments about Sir Alex Ferguson that have been attributed to him in a number of media reports."

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