Kit deal leads to more speculation

Last updated : 11 December 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The deal could be worth up to £25million over its five-year course, with many reporters jumping to the conclusion that Sir Bobby will be given the money to spend in January, despite the fact that the club won’t actually have seen a penny of it by then.

The Henrik Larsson rumour continues to rumble on, despite denials from Celtic boss Martin O’Neill and the player’s agent, while there continue to be reports that Panathinaikos right-back Giorgios Seitaridis could be a target.

One new name in the frame is Manchester United and England midfielder Nicky Butt, who has expressed his dissatisfaction at his lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.

While the idea that we should sign a player who is behind Phil Neville in terms of selection should be laughable, Butt is exactly the kind of player we could use.

The 28-year-old is a great holding midfielder who wins the ball and gives his team-mates time and space to play in, which could just be the way to get the best out of Jermaine Jenas and Kieron Dyer.

Butt’s talents may not be needed at Manchester United where Roy Keane performs the role more than adequately, but his acquisition would be a positive step for us.

However, whether or not Sir Alex Ferguson would be prepared to sell such an experienced player to another Premiership club remains to be seen.