Last updated : 23 September 2004 By editor

Both Sebastian Frey, currently at the financially crippled Parma, and Carlo Cudicini have been linked to us today. It is reported in Italy that negotiations are already under way with Parma for Frey to join us next season.

In case you missed it yesterday, here are Fergie’s thoughts about Tim Howard, "It wasn't a difficult decision. Tim would be the first to agree he needs a bit of time out of it. It sometimes happens in the second season. You are flying during the first and everything is wonderful but you don't see the blip that is waiting.

"Tim has had a blip now, so the best thing we could do was take him out. In that respect it was easy.”