News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In transfer news, United receive £25,000 every time Ravel Morrison makes an appearance for West Ham, it has been revealed.
A ‘complex’ contract clause sees the Hammers hand over appearances fees, following Morrison’s £650,000 switch to Upton Park from Manchester United last year.
However, West Ham are ‘worried’ United will buy back Ravel Morrison after his impressive displays for Sam Allardyce’s Hammers so far this season.
"I don't know if there is a buy-back clause and what that figure might be if it even exists," Allardyce told the press.
"But my real big worry is that Manchester United will come back to buy him.”
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that David Moyes is ‘ready to rival’ Everton to sign Tendayi Darikwa from Chesterfield. The highly rated 21-year-old is expected to be chased by clubs in the Premier League, including the Toffees and the Red Devils, and is valued over £1 million.
The same source also claims United youngster Wilfried Zaha is ‘seeking’ a loan move away from Old Trafford after failing to earn a place in Moyes’ first team so far this season.
The Mirror reports that United are on ‘high alert’ over Robert Lewandowski after he revealed he would be interested in a move to England and, crucially, has yet to agree a contract with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. His current deal with Borussia Dortmund expires this summer and the Polish frontman could walk away as a free agent.
He revealed that he would like to sign for Bayern but has yet to do and he also revealed he had interest in moving to Manchester United and spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson overt the possibility previous but those talks did not bring a potential transfer to fruition.
“I will be able to sign a contract (with any club) in January, but I have never said that I will sign a contract with Bayern,” Lewandowski told the Telegraph.
“It was a misunderstanding. It is true I had an opportunity to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson (last year), but we didn't mention the transfer.”
“One day I would like to play in Premier League. It would be a great experience,” he added.
The Express, meanwhile, reports that United are hopeful of bringing Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford from Barcelona in January.
The same source also claims United are ‘lining up’ a move for Fernando, FC Porto’s Brazilian midfielder who they had been linked with in the summer prior to the arrival of Marouane Fellaini. The defensive midfielder had also previous been linked with replacing Fellaini at Everton.
The Mail claims United (and Chelsea) are ‘on alert’ over Sami Khedira after the midfielder ‘hit out’ at current club Real Madrid.
“I started the season on the bench or in the stands. Even if I play well, I am the scapegoat and so will not be properly valued,” he explained.
The Mirror’s John Cross writes that Ezequiel Garay’s proposed move to United was thwarted by David Moyes who the Argentine centre-back claims was not ‘into him as much’ as Ferguson.
“I believe the exit of Ferguson has influenced the deal. Moyes did not believe in me as much but that's not a problem,” he stated.
In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson has had a road renamed after him and has been granted the Freedom of the Borough of Trafford today.
The Scot who served as United boss for 26 years at Old Trafford has been recognized for his achievements and service to the borough by the council who renamed Water’s Reach as Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
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