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United racing clock to sign teen defender
Manchester United aim to tie defender Ezekiel Fryers to a new deal – to stop him joining a potential exodus of kids from Old Trafford. The 19-year-old, who is fancied by Tottenham, has been stalling for months. But insiders believe boss Sir Alex Ferguson will finally get him to commit within days. United have already been hit by the departure of Ravel Morrison, 19, to West Ham and with the exit of 18-year-old Paul Pogba seen as imminent, are keen to stem the flow.
Jim White in The Daily Telegraph covers the Pogba situation in some depth as Juventus are reported to be signing the Frenchman in the summer. "Pogba presented Ferguson with a modern moral conundrum he could not win," writes White. "Cave in and he risked de-stabilising the entire squad. Release him and he risked the player coming back to haunt him, becoming another Gerard Pique, a superstar let go to flourish elsewhere. He tried emotional blackmail, he tried to get Rio Ferdinand to convince the boy the future was Old Trafford shaped, but none of it worked. He was outmanoeuvred. Money, via the vocal chords of the player’s agent, was talking."
All of the newspapers preview the match against Athletic Club, of course, with the quotes from Sir Alex and David De Gea's press conference being used extensively. The Daily Mail have a different slant, interviewing former Athletic boss Howard Kendall, who said: "The game should be some tie. Javi Martinez is brilliant and Fernando Llorente is like a typical English centre-forward, a real physical threat. United have to try to cut off the service to him. But it’s not just those two that make me think United will need a decent lead for the second leg."