Papers: Spurs eye Rio
Redknapp in summer swoop for Ferdinand
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is planning a summer raid for troubled Rio Ferdinand, who has endured a torrid two months for club and country. The Manchester United defender could even be left out of the team against Blackburn tomorrow after being given the run-around by Fernando Torres in last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool. Sportsmail can reveal that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is already targeting Everton’s 18-year-old utility player Jack Rodwell as one for the future. And with Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans knocking on the door of the Old Trafford first team, Ferdinand’s long-term standing at United is in question for the first time since he joined them seven years ago. Ferguson is monitoring the progress of Rodwell and has asked close associates for reports on the teenager’s personality and potential. Rodwell, who signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park in February, is also being tracked by Chelsea and Liverpool. He has made his name as a defensive midfield player, but it is thought he has the potential to develop into a classy central defender in the future.Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail
The Daily Mail also claims newly-installed Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is considering a loan move for United's Kiko Macheda, in order to bring goals to Boro's promotion push.
Sir Alex Ferguson draws widespread attention for his assertion that some mid-season international friendlies are little more than 'a nice sunny trip'.