Premier League - Papers: Juve eye Berba swoop

Sat, 19 Mar 02:22:00 2011

Serie A giants Juventus are plotting a raid on Manchester United for fed-up striker Dimitar Berbatov.

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The Bulgarian hitman, who is United's top scorer with season with 20 goals, has become frustrated at increasingly being overlooked in favour of Javier Hernandez.

Berbatov watched from the bench as Hernandez struck a brace in Tuesday's Champions League win over Marseille and his unhappiness has not gone unnoticed in Italy.

Juve, along with Genoa, have spoken to Berba's agent and, with the player's contract due to expire in 2012, the pair are willing to pay £9 million for his services. (The Sun)

Passing Berbatov on his way out this summer could be Jack Rodwell, with reports having linked the Everton midfielder to United for some time now.

But Toffees boss David Moyes has rubbished such talk, saying his club are not vulnerable to poachers like United.

Alex Ferguson wants Rodwell but Moyes said: "We are not vulnerable. I have heard the stories about Jack and they are a load of rubbish.

"We have a great working relationship with Manchester United. The chairman (Bill Kenwright) has a great relationship with David Gill and I have with Sir Alex.

"To say that a deal is already done for Jack is completely untrue and I don't know where those stories have come from." (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Moyes is monitoring Kieron Dyer's loan spell at Ipswich, with a pay-as-you-play deal in the offing should the injury-prone West Ham midfielder impress at Portman Road. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have slapped a £10m price tag on defender Jose Bosingwa's head - a price potential suitors Juventus cannot afford.

The Old Lady are instead set to go for a cheaper option in £5m Hoffenheim right-back Andreas Beck, meaning Chelsea will have to wait before they can offload the Portuguese. (Daily Mail)

Stoke and Blackburn have rekindled their interest in Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia.

The Frenchman is keen to quit the DW Stadium at the end of the season and, although Sunderland and Newcastle are favourites to slug it out for his signature, the Potters and Rovers have re-joined the race.

Liverpool are also interested in N'Zogbia, who will cost around £9m. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Newcastle will run the rule over Australian youngster Mustafa Amini.

The 17-year-old is one of Australia's brightest hopes and the Central Coast Mariners' midfielder will spend some time on trial at St James' in a bid to win a deal with the Premier League club. (Daily Mail)


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