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Sevilla to test United resolve with Park bid
Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park has emerged as a transfer target for Sevilla. Park, who has two-and-a-half years left on his United contract, is wanted by the Spanish club who are making a concerted effort to land the South Korea star. Sevilla technical director Victor Orta was in England last week to meet with Park's representatives, with a view to signing the 29-year-old in January, who joined United for £4million from PSV Eindhoven in 2005. Sevilla director of football, Ramon 'Monchi' Rodriguez, has been scouting Park for several months and the club are ready to test United's resolve to hold on to Park by making a bid. United are unlikely to offer Park another deal and may choose to cash in on him next month, although Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to wait until the end of the season before making a final decision on the player's future.
The papers are, of course, full of reports on United's Carling Cup demise. Otherwise, the focus is on England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup with the Daily Express claiming David Beckham’s appearance in Zurich could make the difference. The former United midfielder is among a high-profile delegation including Prince William and David Cameron hoping to win the right to stage the tournament in Thursday’s vote. Beckham is quoted: “We are a country that is so passionate about football, it runs through our DNA.”
Today’s papers also feature figures released by the Premier League, detailing how much each club paid to agents in the period 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010, as published in ManUtd.com's Club News last night.