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Ian Ladyman in The Daily Mail writes..
Sir Alex wants Frank Lampard
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a sensational move for unsettled Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Sportsmail understands Lampard would not be averse to a switch to Old Trafford. With United struggling for numbers in midfield and desperate to make sure Sunday's FA Cup opponents Manchester City do not leave them behind at the top of the Barclays Premier League, manager Ferguson is weighing up an offer for a player he has always admired. With Lampard now 33, the United board would have to be persuaded to sanction a deal for a player who earns in excess of £140,000 a week and would have no sell-on value for a club still struggling under the weight of the Glazer debt. United would also face a battle to persuade Chelsea to sell to a major rival. However, Ferguson believes that Lampard represents a unique opportunity to add something significant to his squad and was delighted to this week hear of suggestions that the former West Ham midfielder would consider a move north to Manchester.
The same paper claims Mame Biram Diouf is keen on a loan spell at Wigan Athletic in an attempt to prove his worth in the Premier League, while The Independent report Federico Macheda is determined to do the same at his new (temporary) club, Queens Park Rangers. There is, apparently, no question of the Italian's deal turning permanent.
Writing for The Guardian, Michael Cox argues that United don't need to enter the transfer market... providing the midfield can all remain fit. "If Anderson, Carrick and Cleverley can get to the end of the season injury-free, United will not suffer," he argues. "But the January transfer window looks particularly inviting after two consecutive defeats."