Last updated : 08 January 2006 By Editor

* "We have been looking at Evra for some time.

"He has improved every season, he's quick, a good football player, and the captain of Monaco.

"I have been looking at Patrice for quite a while.

"He has improved each year since he has been with Monaco. He is very quick, naturally left-footed and a good footballer.

"We cut the squad numbers quite dramatically at the start of the season and then with Gabriel Heinze being out for a year and Quinton Fortune missing as well, we needed to bring in a left-sided player.

"Patrice has only had a couple of weeks off, so he is ready to play almost immediately and the registration deadline for the Blackburn game is not until Tuesday.

"We have just lacked options.

"These two lads (Vidic and Evra) are a good age, they have the right credentials and it is good to bring players in who are still developing.

"We will have a better idea about when Nemanja will play once he starts football training, which will be some time next week.

"It is difficult to be precise about it, we will just have to see how he comes through."

* "We are one short in midfield with Roy leaving."

* "I have never said he [Silvestre] is leaving."