Last updated : 05 January 2003 By Editor

From The Mirror:

Manchester United have won the race to sign American wonderboy Jonathan Spector.

The 16-year-old defender was being chased by a host of Premiership clubs.

But he looked set to stay in the States to take up a college scholarship until United offered him the chance to continue his education at Old Trafford.

Spector will sign for Sir Alex Ferguson when he reaches his 17th birthday on March 1

From The M.E.N.

Sir Alex Ferguson has gone on 'blue alert' following the news that Chelsea star Eidur Gudjohnsen is unhappy at Stamford Bridge.

Gudjohnsen publicly expressed his displeasure after being dropped by Ranieri after scoring one of the goals in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

And the Icelandic international was incensed still further when he was left on the bench for the New Year's Day defeat against Arsenal.

Ferguson has made no secret of the fact that he feels his senior squad lacks fire-power after selling Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke to Blackburn Rovers.

He is rumoured to be looking at Spurs' Welsh winger Simon Davies, as well as Blackburn's Eire international Damien Duff.

Gudjohnsen has already attracted interest from Spanish giants Barcelona and Spurs, but would jump at the chance of a move back to the north-west. And with Chelsea desperate to reduce their crippling £92m debt, a bid of around £12m would almost certainly be accepted, to give the Reds another quick and lethal young striker to partner ace marksman Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Again from The Mirror:

Fergie is hoping Newcastle don't succeed in a transfer window move for Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten.

The 24-year-old is wanted by the Geordies after their bid for Jonathan Woodgate was turned down by Leeds. And that will come as a blow to Fergie who had the Marseille star on his shopping list for next summer.

Ferguson wants to strengthen his forward positions but, with Laurent Blanc's retirement imminent, will sign a defender at the end of the campaign. Van Buyten would be available for around £8million.