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Fergie hijacks Alex bid
Alex Ferguson has made a late bid to hijack Alex Chamberlain's £10million move to Arsenal. A United insider said: "The boss has made his move and now it's down to the lad and his family to decide - but United are a massive club to turn down." The Southampton midfielder, 17, is currently the hottest property in English football. He looked set to sign for the Gunners this week and follow in the footsteps of Theo Walcott. Chamberlain's dad, Mark, who won eight England caps in the 1980s, said: "Alex is technically better than Walcott and can play in a more central role. He is not the most robust but he has been working on strengthening since he was 10."
Rob Beasley, The Sun
Elsewhere, many papers carry pieces looking ahead to the Blackpool game, including the Daily Star, who quote Ryan Giggs from a story published on ManUtd.com yesterday. The Daily Mail also carry a Blackpool preview, although some wires appear to have been crossed somewhere. The paper claims the last time the two sides met in the league was in 1971 and then speak to Jimmy Armfield and Sir Bobby Charlton about their recollections of the game. The stories both men tell are very interesting, but United and Blackpool have actually met twice in the league since then: when both teams were in the old Division 2 in 1974/75.