WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Saints star bound for OT?

21/03/2011 09:19

Alan Nixon writes in the Daily Mirror...

Manchester United are ready to sign Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £10million deal. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has outsmarted his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in the race for the 17-year-old. Fergie has money to spend on several players this summer and wants to be sure that Oxlade-Chamberlain – son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain – is one of them. United will offer Saints £5m up front and double that money on appearances, with the bonuses paid in reasonable time. The whole package will be the biggest paid for a teenager. Fergie has been on the talented attacker’s trail for months and insiders reveal he has "pulled out all of the stops" to see off the Gunners... Southampton are keen to have the youngster back on loan if they sell him, but United plan to use him quickly – with a squad number and a first-team role for next season. Both the player and his dad want to be involved in talks and Fergie hopes to tie up a deal in the next few weeks.

Elsewhere, The Daily Star report Bryan Robson's message to fans - "It means a lot" - after the reaction he's received from United supporters to news of his battle with throat cancer. Robbo's name was sung loudly by the Stretford End immediately after kick-off on Saturday.

Former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp pays tribute to Sir Alex in his Daily Mail column. He writes: "Manchester United have broken my heart many times. It's bred into every player that a game is not over till it's over. Sir Alex Ferguson takes chances, throws attacking players on and is rewarded for it. Players win games; managers change them."

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