Manchester United to give Wesley Sneijder deal one last go - The Insider

15 July 2011 02:13
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 WESLEY SNEIJDERInter Milan to Manchester UnitedTHE INSIDER says: 3/5

CAMERON JEROMEBirmingham to StokeTHE INSIDER says: 4/5

Sportsmail revealed back in March that Ferguson had decided to rekindle his long-held interest in the Holland midfielder with growing concerns about Paul Scholes's future.

United found then that the deal would be expensive and their objective wasn't helped following the contract extension he had signed back in October.

There was then talk that Manchester City would outbid them anyway but his agent Soren Lerby maintained any decision would be based on football not money. United pursued other possibilities in Samir Nasri and Luka Modric who ultimately would have been cheaper and for younger, Premier League-proven players.

They have since learned that City have the strongest chance of signing Nasri and Chelsea is Modric's preference - despite late interest from wealthy Malaga.

Sneijder is back in their sights but they still have concerns over the money required to bring in Sneijder. He is on ?6million a year tax free in Italy and United would have to almost double that to make it work against our taxation system.

They also have reservations about Sneijder's commitment to the move after his recent quotes over staying in Milan. United are scouring for alternatives but having gone so far down the line may give this one last shot over the weekend.

With Carlton Cole's move to Stoke still in the stalls, manager Tony Pulis is resuming talks over a move for Birmingham's Cameron Jerome.

Thestriker has been left behind from Birmingham's pre-season tour of Ireland after turning an ankle in training but it gives him an ideal opportunity to get his future sorted also.

Stoke have made a substantialoffer for Jerome and his teammate Scott Dann and hope to continue talkswith both players over the weekend.

Centre-half Dann may take longer ashe is still hearing he is on the back-up list for Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton so will probably want to consider all options before committing.

Stoke have ambitious plans and have not ruled out signing Cole despite the differences on wages, they are also interested in Bolton's Matt Taylor as they look to strengthen their left hand side andare looking for another full-back and midfielder. Bolton had also showninterest in Jerome but were unwilling to match Stoke's offer.

They are now looking at the England U21 pairing of Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge as their strike options and also want to talk to former England midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker who is a possible for a number of clubs but may have a problem sorting out wages at cash-conscious Bolton.

 SAMMY CLINGANCoventry to LeedsTHE INSIDER says: 2/5

ZHERDAN SHAQIRIBasel to TottenhamTHE INSIDER says: 2/5

Coventry's 27-year-old captain is the subject of interest from Simon Grayson as he looks to improve his squad with Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson both moving on and concerns over the likes of Luciano Becchio and Max Gradel.Although they have signed Michael Brown, another player under consideration Danny Webber looks likely to agree a deal with QPR - although his wages were always likely to be out of Leeds' reach.Clingan is a defensive midfielder with plenty of experience who has had spells at Wolves, Chesterfield, Nottingham Forest and Norwich but now has just one year left on contract at Coventry.Leeds United's assistant manager Glynn Snodin knows him well from working with the Northern Ireland squad and Clingan would certainly be interested in the move. Coventry are struggling financially but Andy Thorn is being creative in his targets.He wants Liverpool's Dani Pacheco on loan and that could still be rekindled despite an initial rejection as Liverpool continue to recruit new players for their first team squad. Pacheco had a spell at Norwich last season and is on Liverpool's Far East tour but needs more games to keep improving.Thorn said: 'We thought we had him in the bag but these things happen. But that's the type of quality we are looking at.'

The FC Basel midfield star is no stranger to Tottenham.

Their scouts have watched him over the past two years at least as word spread around the European youth tournaments that the Swiss had a real talent on theirhands.

England fans witnessed what Xherdan Shaqiri could produce when he scored in the European qualifier in Switzerland and he was his country's star turn during the recent European U21 Championships - even outshining some of Spain's starlets.

Liverpool, Newcastle and Aston Villa have all watched him closely but the clubs to have shown the strongest interest in him have been Juventus whose coach Antonio Conte is a big fan of the Swiss national team and Roma - although their coach Luis Enrique is also keen on Bojan Krkic and Javier Pastore.

Tottenham need to find potential replacements for Luka Modric. As much as they insist he is not for sale the danger is always there that the relationship will break down and Chelsea get their way.

The concern is finding someone who can fit in yet does not cut across Rafael Van der Vaart's role also.

Shaqiri likes to drift and pick up the ball deep thenmove forward and try his tricks.

Tottenham need someone who will be more disciplined in keeping the shape and that may work against a ?12m move for the teenager just now.


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