Papers: Giggs stepping up?
Wales set to approach Giggs
The Football Association of Wales will speak to Manchester United this week about involving Ryan Giggs in their coaching set-up when manager John Toshack quits. Toshack is expected to confirm his departure this week, although he may agree to remain in charge for next month’s qualifying doubleheader against Bulgaria and Switzerland so as not to leave his country in the lurch. As revealed in Sportsmail yesterday, Toshack has recommended Giggs as his successor and the FAW now plan to try to lure the United winger into his first coaching role. Although it is highly unlikely Giggs will consider managing his country until his playing career is over —and would be discouraged from doing so by his club boss Sir Alex Ferguson - the FAW are understandably keen to get him involved. One possibility under discussion involves asking Giggs to be involved with a new - or caretaker - coach for the remainder of this international season. That would involve Giggs teaming up with Wales for matches and working in a new set-up but would not lumber him with the responsibility of scouting players or picking squads. Such an arrangement is much more likely to appeal to the former Wales captain, and indeed to United, at a time when Giggs is still trying to extend his playing days.Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail
The Daily Mirror
claims another veteran, goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
, will invoke a one-year contract extension if he passes the 30 appearances marker this season.
In transfer speculation, The Mirror says reputed United target Gary Cahill will cost the Reds - and any other suitor - £17.5million after the defender made his England debut and activated a contractual clause which boosted his minimum transfer fee.