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Fergie's £50m swoop
Sir Alex Ferguson has put Bastian Schweinsteiger and Tom Huddlestone at the top of his midfield hitlist. Manchester United boss Fergie is eager to bolster his midfield options amid concerns over a number of his top stars. With question marks hanging over the futures of Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs, the United boss must strengthen his engine room. And Fergie has put Bayern Munich star Schweinsteiger and Tottenham's Huddlestone at the top of his wanted list. The Scot is a huge fan of Germany international Schweinsteiger and believes he can lure him to Old Trafford in the January transfer window. Fergie has turned to £30m Schweinsteiger after losing out on Holland ace Wesley Sneijder – who last night signed a new four-year deal at Inter Milan. Schweinsteiger, 26, is approaching his peak and is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. He has helped Bayern lift three Bundesliga crowns during his 10- year spell with the club but has told friends he wants a fresh challenge. United scouts have also kept close tabs on Huddlestone’s progress at White Hart Lane in recent months. The 23-year-old has arguably been the Premier League’s most improved central midfielder over the past 12 months...
The Mirror reports Edwin van der Sar - 40 today - is targeting another Premier League and Champions League double before calling time on his career. “We want to get the title back, that’s for sure,” said van der Sar. “I think that’s the priority. And of course we went out of Europe too early last season, so that has to be one of the focus points.”
The Sun quotes Cristiano Ronaldo backing Wayne Rooney to rediscover his blistering form from last season: “Wayne has not started this season very well but he is still a fantastic player and I know that very soon he will be back to show that.”