Last updated : 15 January 2006 By Ed

A survey by reveals Wayne Rooney outsold Beckham's shirts in the last quarter of 2005 by four shirts to one.

The People: Manchester United have pledged to give Sir Alex Ferguson up to £35 million to find Roy Keane's successor. 'Stars coming under scrutiny are Lyon duo Mahamadou Diarra and Juninho, Bayern Munich's Michael Ballack, Villareal's Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme and his compatriot, Javier Mascherano, who is at Brazilian club Corinthians.'

The very boring saga of Obi Mikel trundles on with the People claiming that Fergie still wants the Chelsea wanabee:

"We maintain the view that the contract he signed with us is still valid and that in no way was he forced into signing it by us or anyone else. We are confident we have done everything right but we will have to wait until the governing body makes a final decision, which will take some time."

Footballing mercenary Nicolas Anelka is plugging himself for a move to Barcode Central.