Last updated : 06 January 2006 By Editor
United look set to sign Monaco full back Patrice Evra next week. With United seemingly not interested in filling the midfield up with fresh faces it looks like there will be twelve defenders in United's first team squad. United seem to be tight lipped on the deal however Monaco's vice-president Gerard Brianti said:

"Everything went fine, there is a real common desire to complete the deal, I am very optimistic.

"We are on the same wavelength and we will reach an agreement."

Evra's agent Frederico Pastorello told L'Equipe: "We really did a good job, we cleared out a lot of things and made huge progress.

"Manchester are becoming the most probable destination of Patrice. Only a few little details have yet to be sorted out but nothing that can overturn the deal now.

Pastorello also said he had met with Gill to thrash out the deal expected to be in the region of £4 million.

"We are at 90% of a total agreement and we all made the decision to let the weekend pass and to gather again at the start of next week to seal the deal," he added.

The Guardian this morning claims that the deal was done last night in Monaco for a fee of £5.5 million. A bit pricier than earlier reported. Hmm.