Premier League - Papers: Torres to United

Tue, 19 Oct 08:59:00 2010

Manchester United are determined to land Liverpool striker Fernando Torres if Wayne Rooney leaves Old Trafford, according to this morning's papers.

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The Daily Star - whose Sunday edition was the first to nail the Rooneygate story at the weekend - reports that Alex Ferguson will make a 50 million bid to bring the injury-prone Spaniard to United.

Fergie has long been a fan of Torres, and was vying for his signature alongside Liverpool when the player originally moved to England.

And though 50m is a lot of cash for debt-laden United, the Red Devils boss reportedly hopes that the commercial value of landing Torres would outweigh the financial concerns.

Needless to say, the papers are almost completely dominated by the Rooney news, with the biggest story being that the striker will go to Manchester City for an astonishing 500,000 a week.

Such wages sound ridiculously far-fetched, but the Daily Telegraph and Independent point out that Rooney could leave for just 5 million under the Webster ruling should he not depart in January.

Most of the papers lead with the United v City angle, though, with the piece that really caught Paper Round's eye coming in the Daily Mirror. The paper runs a pair of opinion pieces from fans, with the secretary of City's supporters club and an assistant editor on the Man United Red News fanzine both having their say.

And it's the piece by Liam Bradford of Red News that really made PR chuckle.

"It's hilarious that City fans think they could get Rooney. They are deluded, completely deluded," says Bradford. "First and foremost, he's not going anywhere, and second, even if he did, Manchester City is the last place in the world he would go."

We'll leave it up to you to decide exactly who is and who isn't deluded.

In non-Rooney-related news, Liverpool are reported to be interested in a 6m move for Russian striker Alexander Kerzhakov, who has developed a useful habit of banging in hat-tricks for Zenit St Petersburg of late.

West Brom are to make a bid to sign unsettled Turkish forward Tuncay from Stoke. Besiktas and Galatasaray want to bring the mercurial star back to his homeland, but Roberto Di Matteo wants to keep him in the Premier League.

And finally, former England striker Darius Vassell could be on his way back to English football - courtesy of the manager who gave him his England break, Sven Goran Eriksson.

Eriksson is in talks with the 30-year-old about a free transfer to Leicester following his release over the summer by Turkish side Ankaragucu.


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