Rumour round-up

Last updated : 05 October 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Of course the big one is, just for a change, Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert claiming he’d like to play for United.

According to the Sunday People he said: "I always love playing in England because of the fans and the atmosphere.

"We played Newcastle in a pre-season friendly last year and the atmosphere was incredible, even though it was not a competitive match.

"The Newcastle fans did not seem to care that there was nothing more than pride at stake and the noise they created was amazing. That made a huge impression on me and really gave me a taste for more.

"I have always been honest and open about my desire to play football in England one day. I still do not know when this will be, but I am still eager to sample life in the Premiership."

The more observant among you will probably be able to spot the fact he doesn’t actually say he wants to play for Newcastle, merely that he has enjoyed playing at St James’ Park in the past.

Meanwhile Michael Bridges is said to be eagerly awaiting developments about his future while the Sunday Sun claim that Sir Bobby is eyeing another striker, Chelsea’s Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Apparently the Iceland international is growing frustrated about his lack of first-team chances, although he started and scored against Boro today.

The Evening Chronicle claims that the club will make a bid for Spurs and Republic of Ireland full back Stephen Carr in January, in the hope that the fact his contract will expire in the summer will prepare the White Hart Lane outfit to sell.

Now moving into the ‘very unlikely stories found on the web’ category, come tales that United are set to bid for Auxere and France defender Alain Boumsong, despite the fact he has reached a verbal agreement to join Liverpool when his contract expires in the summer and also that Laurent Robert will sign for Manchester United, which quite frankly is the most outlandish rumour of the past couple of years.

Meanwhile the Sunday Sun report that we tried to sign Jimmy Greaves in 1959, but that’s still more likely to happen than Sir Alex Ferguson signing a certain Frenchman.