Last updated : 02 January 2004 By Editor

This from The Telegraph:

While United's preferred targets for Van Nistelrooy's new strike partner are Louis Saha, Mark Viduka and Jermain Defoe, Chelsea might have to turn their attention now to the Real Mallorca striker Samuel Eto'o.

And this from The Times:

An injury to Van Nistelrooy would be crippling for United, which explains Ferguson’s eagerness to sign a deputy such as Mark Viduka, of Leeds United, or Louis Saha, of Fulham. He cannot afford to head into the second half of the campaign without cover but, in other positions, the United manager is making his purchases with an eye to the long-term future.

Liam Miller, Celtic’s Irish midfield player, is expected to move to Old Trafford either this month or in the summer as Ferguson attempts to plan for the day he loses Keane. At 24 and 22 respectively, Kléberson and Eric Djemba Djemba also have time on their side as they attempt to prove their merits in central midfield and Ferguson is also chasing young prospects such as Arjen Robben, PSV Eindhoven’s outstanding teenage left midfield player, and Vincent Kompany, the 17-year-old Anderlecht and Belgium defender. "We’re rebuilding," Ferguson said.

The Sun reckon that we will go in for Alan Smith at £8 million. They say that Newcastle are interested too