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Fergie’s green light to raid Everton
Manchester United will step up their efforts to sign Leighton Baines with a £10million offer. Sir Alex Ferguson has had the go-ahead from United owners the Glazers to proceed with the move. Ferguson sees left-back Baines as the ideal successor to Patrice Evra, who is 31 next week and has looked unconvincing this season. United had hoped to land Baines for as little as £6million given Everton’s precarious financial position. But, with Baines under contract for another three years and interest from other clubs, United will have to raise their bid. They may move as early as next week for Baines, viewed as a replacement not understudy for Evra.
The Sun says Anton Ferdinand has received begging phone calls from his brother Rio, calling for QPR to beat Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City on the final day of the season. Defender Anton, 27, said: “Rio’s been on the phone asking for a favour. But it’s about us. I’m concentrating on QPR as we have a massive job to do for ourselves. We’ve got to go there and get a point, if not three. If we do get a result and United and Rio go on to win the title, then I will be chuffed for him.”
In the Guardian, John O’Shea has laughed off Roberto Mancini’s claims that United’s trip to Sunderland will be an easy win for the Reds. “I think he is starting to enjoy his psychological games but, as the gaffer said, to call the integrity of the Premier League into question is disappointing,” O’Shea told Danny Taylor. “He's going for the title and he's going to try certain things. But he doesn't need to do that.”