Last updated : 04 January 2004 By Editor

From The Sunday Times but The Indepenedent run a story along the same lines

Arjen Robben, the Holland starlet, is having talks with Manchester United this weekend with a view to a move from PSV Eindhoven. Despite reports that Robben, 19, will arrive at Old Trafford as back-up for Ruud van Nistelrooy, it is understood Sir Alex Ferguson sees the teenager, compared to Marc Overmars by compatriots, as Ryan Giggs’s long-term successor on United’s left flank.

Robben is valued at £10m by PSV. United, who have so far offered considerably less, originally proposed to sign him this month but allow him to remain in Holland until the end of the season. His arrival could be brought forward if Ferguson’s other attempts to strengthen his options in attack — with Mark Viduka of Leeds and Fulham’s Louis Saha potential targets — fail. Robben would be ineligible to play in Europe, having represented PSV in the Champions League.

Fergie in The Mail on Sunday:

"We are interested in him. Nothing’s been finalised but we hope to do business with PSV."

Robben's mum in the Sunday Mirror:

She told the Sunday Mirror: "The things he thinks about when he has to make the final decision on his new club is who is the manager, how does he work with the players, will he have a chance to compete with the current players in the squad and what is the club culture like.

"Those things mean more to my son than any kind of money. Look at Real Madrid. What would be the point of signing for them?

"He would arrive in a squad full of big names and big stars, where the president swaps his top names every summer like second hand cars.

"Every year he brings in more and more big name players. That does not appeal to us."