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Neil Custis writes in The Sun...
Cole added to United wishlist
Sir Alex Ferguson still wants Ashley Cole to join Frank Lampard at Old Trafford. SunSport reported yesterday how the Manchester United boss will make a summer move for Lampard. Full-back Cole, 32, is also firmly in Ferguson’s sights and both players are out of contract at the end of the season. Lampard, 34, has already been told that he will not be offered a new deal while Cole has failed to reach an agreement on a new one-year contract at Stamford Bridge. Ferguson is willing to offer both players a 12-month contract with the promise of a second year if everything goes well. Lampard is very keen on the move while Cole is thinking about it as the chance to go to big-spending Paris St Germain is also on offer. Ferguson will lose Paul Scholes and most likely Ryan Giggs to retirement at the end of the season. That is a wealth of experience leaving the United dressing room and the United boss wants people to replace them who have won the highest honours and can help bring along the younger players.
The same newspaper says Reading want to sign Reds striker Danny Welbeck on loan until the end of the season and makes the bold claim that Sir Alex “is considering letting the England striker go.” The Royals hope to conclude the deal by the end of the week, having apparently made an initial offer which has reportedly been well-received by United.
Elsewhere, The Mirror claims the boss will send Davide Petrucci and Scott Wootton to Peterborough to help son Darren avoid relegation from the Championship. The tabloid describes the players as “two of United’s best reserves” and claims they were also wanted by Blackburn, Bristol City and Birmingham.