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Anderson's future lies with Lyon
Anderson was poised to make his escape from Old Trafford last night. He is on the verge of a loan move to Lyon, which could include a swap deal involving French international keeper Hugo Lloris. Manchester United's misfit midfielder, fined £80,000 this week for going AWOL back home in Brazil, hopes to resurrect his career in France after falling out of favour with boss Alex Ferguson. The 21-year-old flew home to meet up with Vasco Da Gama officials when he should have been training in Manchester. A spokesman for his agents, Gestifute, confirmed the Lyon link. He said: "We are working towards some authorisation with United. The subject could be closed this weekend." It is thought Lloris, 23, would welcome a switch to the Prem. But he must be convinced it is in his best interests to understudy current United No 1 Edwin van der Sar, now 39. If Lloris arrives, Fergie will know that both Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak will have serious questions to be answered about their Old Trafford goalkeeping futures.
Geoff Sweet, The Sun
With Thomas Vermaelen likely to sit out Sunday's clash between Arsenal and United, Sol Campbell may be called upon to face Wayne Rooney. "He's the talisman for United," says the 35-year-old. "He's always dangerous. I don't know if I will be needed on Sunday but I've been training for a long time. So if it comes to it, I'll have to be ready."
The Daily Mail runs an extensive profile of United new boy Chris Smalling, including his mother's reaction to taking a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week. "I was so shocked,’ said Theresa Smalling. "It was the voice. It was like I was on TV." The Times, meanwhile, confirms that Smalling will not be allowed to face United when Fulham visit Old Trafford in March.