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06/08/2012 10:01

Papers: Tom to graduate

John Cross writes in the Daily Mirror...

Pearce backs duo to graduate
Stuart Pearce last night backed Tom Cleverley and Daniel Sturridge to graduate into becoming England regulars. Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley have pushed their claims during the Team GB Olympic campaign. England Under-21 boss Pearce has seen them at close quarters during his stint in charge of Team GB and believes they are ready to step up from being fringe players into a major part of Roy Hodgson's senior squad. Pearce said: "I certainly think they'll be around the squad. With the talent that's available, I think the way Cleverley can handle the ball and with Sturridge's eye for goal, they're two individuals who can be in and around the senior England team. That's my opinion. They've both benefited from this tournament and they'll both go back to their clubs, to Man Utd and Chelsea, with something to prove."

The Mirror also reports on the Robin van Persie transfer saga with the suggestion that the striker could perform a U-turn and stay at Arsenal after all. It is indicated that Manchester City will not be landing the Dutchman after Roberto Mancini said:  "Van Persie? No, I don't think he will come here."

The Independent believes United are "poised to win the race" to sign Lucas Moura and will also look to wrap up a £20million move for van Persie, echoing a story in the Mail on Sunday.

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