Midfielder bid rumoured

Last updated : 04 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The story goes that, disappointed at not signing Kleberson, Sir Bobby was still keen to add a defensive midfielder to the squad and turned his attention to the combative former Hamburg man only to be rebuffed by David Moyes.

Strange really, as I seem to remember Sir Bobby was quite busy with another transfer on Friday!

Meanwhile Kleberson’s agent and officials of Atletico Paranaense are believed to be in town to try and secure a summer move for the midfielder, who is reported to have said that we are his destination of choice.

However the Sao Paolo club is said to be trying to squeeze £5million out of Freddy Shepherd but, after the abuse he received from them last week, they are likely to receive short shrift.

Atletico are though in deep financial trouble and their bravado over a transfer fee for Kleberson back fired when no European club would meet their demands, so they may be willing to accept a much lower bid.