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Van Wolfswinkel watched by United
Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United for the signature of Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel, after sending scouts to watch the striker in action. The £11million-rated Dutch ace has hit nine goals in 13 appearances since joining the Portuguese giants from Utrecht in the summer, and his red-hot form has alerted a host of European clubs. However, the hot-shot has previously stated his desire to remain in Portugal until at least the end of the season, and although his agent confirmed that there’s interest from the Premier League duo, he quickly moved to distance his client from rumours of a potential move. “I know they are watching him but that is not unusual because they are watching all the best young players in Europe,” Louise Laros said.
In other transfer news, The Sun says United are interested in signing Wycombe’s young striker Jordan Ibe - but will apparently face competition from Spurs and Fulham.
Elsewhere, The Express claims Tom Cleverley is set to recover from an ankle injury a month ahead of schedule, earmarking the Reds' UEFA Champions League clash with FC Basel on December 7 as a possible return date.
The Daily Star also features quotes attributed to Sir Alex, who has praised Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League meeting at Old Trafford, as reported by ManUtd.com on Thursday.