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.

12/12/2012 08:42

Papers: United want Walcott

Fergie ponders reuniting Walcott with RVP


Sir Alex Ferguson is considering another sensational raid on Arsenal - this time for Theo Walcott. Manchester United pulled off the transfer coup of last summer when they bought Robin van Persie from the Gunners for £24million. Now, United boss Ferguson is understood to be keen on winger Walcott, who could end up leaving the Londoners because of his contract stand-off. It would infuriate Arsenal fans if another big name was sold to United, who they see as one of their biggest rivals. Van Persie's switch provoked a fan backlash and losing Walcott to Old Trafford so soon after would be hugely unpopular. Walcott, 23, is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and has hit deadlock after Arsenal made him a "take it or leave it" £75,000-a-week offer to stay. Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all keen, but United are the latest club to show interest.

The Daily Star reckons United could bring Walcott to Old Trafford in a £8m January move.

Nemanja Vidic could be in line for a United comeback against Sunderland. The Sun quotes Sir Alex saying: “It would have been crazy to play him against City but against Sunderland... definitely. It’s a big bonus to have him back. He is a real competitor with that uncompromising way of his. He likes defending — that’s what it is."

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