Part of the package to persuade Wayne Rooney to re-sign at Manchester United was a huge transfer kitty for manager Alex Ferguson.
The Daily Star reports, “the clinching factor in Rooney deciding to pledge his future to Old Trafford was a promise from the Glazers that fergie would be given the funds he wanted to make at least two big-name singings before next season.”
The paper claims that along with the £33m Rooney will earn over the 5-year contract, the Glazers have given Ferguson £60m to spend.
The paper identifies Inter’s Wesley Sneijder and Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko as Ferguson’s top targets.
Defour in Jan move.
Belgian international Steven Defour has been linked with a January move to Old Trafford.
Talksport reports that Defour is part of the squad strengthening plans promised to Wayne Rooney, “Central to those plans appear[s] to be Liege midfielder Defour, who is seen as the answer to United’s midfield problem.”
The station reports that Defour will set the club back £12m, but may face interest from a number of other clubs.
Ferguson has a long-standing interest in the young midfielder. It was widely reported that the Scotsman sent Defour a get-well message last year when he suffered a bad injury.
Cahill link resurfaces.
Bolton’s Gary Cahill is has been linked with a switch to Manchester United.
Cahill is has been watched by United several times and the Daily Mirror thinks that the expected spending spree initiated by Rooney’s new contract will include the young defender.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle declared, “If I was at one of the top clubs in the world I’d be looking at Gary thinking, ‘He would improve my team’. I’ve no doubt he would.”
Coyle has also admitted that he may have to let Cahill go at some point in the near future, “I want Gary Cahill here for as long as possible but there might come a time when he feels he has to go on to fulfil other ambitions.”