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will turn down any offer for Simon Davies:
"Speculation about Simon's future has surfaced, but any club will be told
politely that he is not available,"
Likewise Alain Perrin, Marseille coach, will not listen to offers for Van Buyten
until the end of the season:
"I don't want to break the coherence of my team. I cannot let him go. But
discussions can be carried on at the end of the season."
However according to the Sun, Van Buyten isn't so patient:
"It's good that such big clubs as Manchester United should be following me. I
adore English football. It has the best championship in the world and I feel I
am made for it."
"It's the Premiership where I see my future. United are a great club and no
player would turn them down."
"Marseille have told me they do not want to let me go mid-season, but I'm
sure that will depend on what offers are made. I am ambitious and feel ready
to take the next step up. I will be seeing Alain Perrin to see what the situation
is. It will be a calm discussion because he has always been good with me. I'm
sure he would not stand in my way if the offer was right for Marseille."
Patrick Kluivert is happy where he is:
"To be linked with a famous club like United is a big compliment for any
player. I still want to taste the excitement of Premiership football but that time
has not yet arrived. My ambitions remain at the Nou Camp at this time."
The Mirror report this morning that Fergie is in France trying, once again, to
sign Escude. Another one time United target, Turkish goalkeeper Rustu, will
decide on his future in February. He'll be out of contract at the end of the
"I've been loyal to this day. If I agree with a club, I will definitely make it known to Fenerbahce. If I don't, then I'll be leaving the club halfway, which would be improper of me, especially when Fenerbahce are involved."
And the BBC report:
'German World Cup star Miroslav Klose could make a surprise switch from
Kaiserslautern to Manchester United, according to reports.
Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have made an official enquiry about the striker's