‘Revealed: Moyes’s huge pay-off’ - David Moyes's disastrous reign as Manchester United manager will have been worth £7 million to the Scot in wages and compensation once his settlement is finalised, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The Scottish manager will have apparently earned an eye-watering £137,254 a game during disastrous 10-month reign at Old Trafford in which he oversaw just 51 games in charge of the team after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.
Paper Round’s view: So the question is, should we really feel that sorry for Moyes? Well, yes, as it happens. Okay, so he may have pocketed a huge amount of cash for his miserable failure at Old Trafford, but making a rich man even richer does not deflect the fact that his professional pride has been damaged, likely beyond repair. This was his big chance and it could not have worked out any worse for him. He is best advised to enjoy his earnings with his family and to take some time out of the game. Just don’t jump into a job under Mike Ashley, please, David!
‘United to go ahead with £55m double deal’ – Despite Moyes being sacked, United are going to plough on undeterred with plans to make a £55m bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, and defender Luke Shaw, according to the Daily Mail. Thanks largely to Moyes’s work behind the scenes, talks to bring in England left back Shaw, 18, are at an advanced stage, with United confident of sealing a £30m deal. Lallana will likely be added into the deal as both parties look to get the most out of it with £25m the asking price for the Saints captain. Regardless of who the next United manager ends up being, this deal is already in the process and talks are at the stage whereby it would be a shock for it to be scuppered.
Paper Round’s view: Lallana, who has forced himself into World Cup contention after emerging as one of the most exciting English midfielders in the Premier League this season, could be the creative force United so badly need in their turgid midfield. As for Shaw, there is no doubt that he would represent an excellent signing for the club given his age and clear potential. Quite why United are pressing on with Moyes targets is anyone’s guess, particularly with someone as strong minded as Louis van Gaal heading the bookmakers’ lists to scoop the job. Would he even like the players in question or want to play them in his team? It’s a huge gamble to be spending this much money without a coach.
‘Spurs may snub handshakes with player’ - Spurs players are considering a pre-match handshake snub for Charlie Adam this weekend, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. The north Londoners have not forgiven Stoke midfielder Adam for his tackle on Paulinho in December which left the Brazilian out for a month. It was the third time in his career in English football that Adam had put one of their players on the sidelines, following two clashes with Gareth Bale when the Scot was at first Blackpool and then Liverpool.
Paper Round’s view: Sparks are reportedly ‘set to fly’ at the Potters' Britannia Stadium on Saturday - with Paulinho particularly desperate to play. The £17m summer signing was left nursing damaged ankle ligaments after Adam’s challenge in a 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane. A number of Paulinho’s team-mates are believed to have been left fuming with Sandro – nickhamed ‘The Beast’ – posting the following message on Instagram: “Charlie Adam – The Beast is watching you!”
‘Everton aiming to snap up Cleverley’ – Roberto Martinez is looking to bring in Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley as an eventual replacement to Leon Osman at Everton, according to the Daily Star. Cleverely will have just 12 months to run on his current deal in June, and the former Wigan boss is keen to snap up the England international as a long-term option for 32-year-old Osman. The Toffees manager will look to make a move for Cleverley, who played under Martinez when he was head coach at the Latics, in the summer and will need to offer at least £8m.
Paper Round’s view: It's understood that Cleverley would be keen to make a switch from Old Trafford, having come in for heavy criticisms from United fans during the club's torrid first Premier League season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm. Martinez may also find his cause boosted by the departure of Moyes and it’s the perfect timing for him to attempt to sign the out-of-favour United midfielder given his lack of popularity and standing at the club currently. His talent, despite such a wretched season, has been clear in the past and Martinez could be just the man to get the best out of him once more.
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