Premier League - Paper Round: United chase Adam

Sun, 27 Mar 10:09:00 2011

Manchester United are reportedly preparing a swoop for Charlie Adam, who nearly signed for Liverpool in January.

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The Blackpool skipper was the subject of a bidding war between Liverpool and Tottenham during the transfer window, but could not complete a move before the deadline.

Now the News of the World and the Mail on Sunday both claim United are preparing an £8m bid for the midfielder, who has been one of the revelations of the Premier League season.

Sir Alex Ferguson sees the Scotsman as a permanent replacement for 36-year-old Paul Scholes, and has been particularly impressed with Adam's goalscoring feats - his two goals against Blackburn last weekend took him into double figures for the season.

Having kept Adam for the second half of their battle against relegation, Blackpool are believed to be resigned to losing him in the summer, whether they stay up or not.

Meanwhile the Sunday Mirror reports United's renewed interest in long-time target Wesley Sneijder.

The Internazionale midfielder, who starred for the Netherlands at last summer's World Cup, has long been earmarked as a potential successor to Scholes but United may have to offer around £40m to prise him away from the Serie A champions.

Funding these moves could well be Dimitar Berbatov, whose languid exploits this season have not saved him from a lengthy spell on the United bench. He is a target for Bayern Munich, who could be persuaded to pay £15m for the Bulgarian, who recently turned 30.

And completing a quartet of Manchester United rumours, the Mail on Sunday claims Danny Welbeck will be required as a makeweight in any deal that takes Everton's Jack Rodwell to Old Trafford.

The 20-year-old Welbeck has impressed on loan at Sunderland this season.

The newest addition to Arsenal's globe-straddling scouting network is... Samir Nasri.

The midfielder has urged Arsene Wenger to sign his former Marseille team-mate Mehdi Benatia.

That's according to, er, Mehdi Benatia.

"My friend Nasri wants me in London with Arsenal. We’re great friends. We got to know each other in Marseille where we shared a room," he said.

"He wants to do it. When I was in France, at a small club, he said to me: ‘I am going to talk to Arsene Wenger."

Benatia is a defender for Morocco and Udinese. We haven't seen much of him, but we can safely say he is better than Sebastien Squillaci.

John Obi Mikel has demanded showdown talks with Carlo Ancelotti after being frozen out of the Chelsea first team (read: Ancelotti has picked better players).

"John Obi is very unhappy," a source told the News of the World.

The Screws rather generously values the 23-year-old at £25m, but what's certain is he is a useful player who will attract interest from top clubs looking for a defensive midfielder who can pass it.

And in other, quickfire, news:

Ruud van Nistelrooy wants a Premier League return, even if he has to play in the reserves. (Mail on Sunday)

Roberto Mancini will ask Manchester City's owners for a £100m transfer war chest this summer. Quite modest, really. (The People)

Newcastle need a tall striker to replace Andy Carroll, and they think AZ Alkmaar's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is the man. (Sunday Mirror)

And Liverpool and Chelsea will duke it out to sign Wigan midfielder James McCarthy this summer. (The People)

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