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05/10/2010 08:31

Papers: New Schmeichel?

United line up Denmark's Anders Lindegaard
Manchester United have stepped up their search to find a long-term successor to Edwin van der Sar by sending goalkeeper coach Eric Steele to Norway to monitor Denmark international Anders Lindegaard. Steele, who accompanied Sir Alex Ferguson on a trip to Spain last month to watch Atlético Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea, saw Aalesunds FK's No 1, Lindegaard, in action during the Norwegian club's 2-1 league defeat against Stabaek on Sunday. With Van der Sar due to celebrate his 40th birthday later this month, Manchester United have been scouring Europe for over an year in an effort to identify a top-class replacement for the Dutchman, whose contract expires next June. Lyon's France international Hugo Lloris, the CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and Germany youngster Manuel Neuer have also been watched by United in recent months, while Algeria's World Cup keeper Rais M'Bolhi spent a week on trial at Old Trafford last season.
Mark Ogden, The Telegraph

The keeper story is covered by several of the nationals, with the Daily Mail also indicating United are monitoring Uruguayan right-back Bruno Montelongo.

Elsewhere the focus switches to international week. The Star claims Rio Ferdinand has "held on" to the England captain's armband for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro next Tuesday. But The Times says boss Fabio Capello will wait before naming his skipper.

And The Independent reports that Capello's decision to call up Bolton's veteran striker Kevin Davies is a snub for Michael Owen.

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