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Berbatov as bait for Modric
Dimitar Berbatov may be used as bait by Sir Alex Ferguson in a bid to lure Luka Modric to Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge admirer of Modric and has made the Tottenham star one of his main summer transfer targets. Spurs are playing hardball over their prize asset after rejecting a £22m bid from Chelsea earlier this week as boss Harry Redknapp battles to keep him at White Hart Lane. But this won’t deter Ferguson, who could now tempt Spurs with an offer of around £18m in cash plus Bulgarian star Berbatov in the hope of striking a deal. Berbatov is keen to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place but has become surplus to requirements and was left heartbroken after being axed from Fergie’s Champions League final squad. His chances will remain limited next season and a return to his former club, who sold him to United in a record £30.7m deal in 2008, might appeal to him.
Elsewhere, Sir Alex has given his backing to Alex McLeish after his controversial appointment as Aston Villa boss. Many Villa fans are furious the board have signed the former Birmingham City manager, but, as The Guardian report, Sir Alex hopes they'll "give the man his chance".
The Sun claim Paul Scholes considered playing on with Oldham but, ultimately, felt he wasn't fit enough to continue with his career. "Had I still felt great physically, I would have probably played on and Oldham would have been a possibility. If I couldn't go to another club, play well and contribute, I didn't see the point of carrying on."