Baines asks Everton to agree to United move: Everton full-back Baines has asked his manager Roberto Martinez and the club's chairman Bill Kenwright to agree a deal to sell him to Manchester United, according to The Independent. The England international has been subject of three bids from the Premier League champions so far this summer - all rejected - but a fourth bid is being lined up before the transfer window shuts on Monday, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: David Moyes has largely failed in the transfer market since taking over at Old Trafford. Now, with just days remaining to make a deal, would be a good time to use his influence and entice his former charge to Old Trafford. Everton, however, are in a strong position to wait for United to match their valuation of the player.
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United to make improved double bid for Baines and Fellaini: Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that United are to make a second double bid for both Baines and Marouane Fellaini. The paper says United will make an improved £38 million offer - £8m more than their last bid, which was described as "insulting and derisory" by the Toffees. The paper says Everton are willing to let Fellaini go for £25m, "either guaranteed or including 'makeable' extras".
Paper Round's view: If Everton value Fellaini at £25m, some simple mathematics tells us that Baines would be worth £13m as part of this deal. Clearly that will not impress Everton. What's worse than "insulting and derisory"? Difficult to see Everton agreeing to this.
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Ozil wants to stay in Madrid: Arsenal and United's hopes of signing Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil have been delivered a blow after the midfielder said he wants to remain at the Spanish club. The Germany international stormed down the tunnel after being substituted by new coach Carlo Ancelotti during Real's win over Granada earlier in the week, prompting speculation he wanted out of the Bernabeu.
Paper Round's view: He stopped short of rolling out the usual excuse that his tantrum was down to his desire to play all the time, but this statement - "contract until 2016", "feel very good here", "get on well with my team-mates", "an honour to play here" etc - was nevertheless entirely expected. Unlikely to leave over one strop.
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Spurs eye up move for Chicarito: Tottenham are making a shock move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper claims that Spurs have already approached United about the availability of the Mexican and that if a deal were done, the London club could sell Jermain Defoe to make way.
Paper Round's view: The report says that "a sizeable bid may see his spell at Old Trafford end", but it also says Spurs would drive a hard bargain and want a deal in the region of £7m-£8m. It's a pretty fair bet that United would not sell Hernandez - who appears happy with his role as impact substitute - for that amount. Go figure.
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Spurs go nuts: Tottenham signed Erik Lamela on Wednesday and are close to securing Romania defender Vlad Chiriches (£9m) and Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen (£10m), the Daily Mirror reports. The signing of the latter two would take Spurs' summer spending to well over £100m, after having already brought in Roberto Soldado (£26m), Paulinho (£17m) Etienne Capoue (£9m) and Nacer Chadli (£7m).
Paper Round's view: All this activity at White Hart Lane means only one thing: the Gareth Bale-to-Real-Madrid saga is nearing an end. And for that, we should all be thankful.
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Atletico want Kagawa on loan: The Daily Mail reports that Spanish side Atletico Madrid want to take Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa on loan. The Japan international has failed to cement a spot in the United first XI since moving from Borussia Dortmund, prompting speculation he could be set for a move elsewhere. His former club are also interested, the report claims.
Paper Round's view: Given Moyes's failure to strengthen his squad notably this summer, it's unlikely the United manager would sanction a move away for Kagawa, who remains an important squad player.
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