Brazilian star eyes up United deal: Everton Ribeiro, the Cruzeiro midfielder, has said in an interview he would love to move to Manchester United, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Ribeiro, who won the Brazilian title this season and was named the league's best player, is also wanted by Liverpool. Cruzeiro would want around £10 million for the 24-year-old, the papers claims. Ribeiro told ESPN Brasil: "I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack."
Paper Round's view: The boy's pretty tasty by all accounts and his own words suggest he boasts a degree of versatility. United desperately need an attacking midfielder and at £10m Ribeiro would surely be a snip, even for a player who has yet to represent his national side. That said, United's transfer history with South American players is hardly encouraging - think Veron, Kleberson, Forlan and Anderson - so any deal with Ribeiro could represent a gamble and getting a work permit could be an issue also. At least there's a player out there who actually wants to move to Old Trafford though.
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Moyes takes the blame: Manchester United manager David Moyes dominates the back pages today, with The Times, Telegraph and Guardian all leading with the story to come out of his press conference yesterday in which he said he will take the blame for his side's results so far this season. The underfire Scot admitted his team need to improve in every department, and that his players are "hurting" after a shocking string of results, by the club's high standards.
Paper Round's view: As a manager, of course Moyes has to shoulder responsibility, but his players are seriously letting him down at the moment. The problem is that he cannot speak up and blame them - imagine the outcry - so for the time being he must be big enough to take the criticism.
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Keane re-ignites Ferguson feud: Meanwhile, the red tops focus on yesterday's far more sensationalistic quotes from Roy Keane, who says that Alex Ferguson's ''massive ego'' means he's still trying to run Manchester United. Keane's comments, which include the Irishman's revelation that his best manager was Brian Clough, and not Ferguson, will be aired in a no-holds-barred TV documentary tonight.
Paper Round's view: The walking controversy machine continues to grab headlines with his incendiary barbs, although it all seems rather tawdry. Still, if you want to catch it, the documentary will be on ITV 4 just after United's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk finishes.
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Who is fall short for United? The Independent, meanwhile, looks at how United's players have rated individually during the club's worst start to a season for 12 years. The paper's standout performers include Wayne Rooney and David De Gea, while the likes of Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha fare slightly worse in the reckoning.
Paper Round's view: Rooney, De Gea, Michael Carrick and, on his day, Robin van Persie can all say they've given the new manager a decent crack of the whip. The rest, either too old or too rubbish, cannot.
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Hammers poised for Milito bid: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is set to make a shock move for Internazionale forward Diego Milito, according to the Daily Mirror. The 34-year-old striker is out of contract at the end of this season, but he could be allowed to leave Milan in January for a reduced fee. Allardyce is desperate to bolster his forward line and has already been linked with a host of players, including Emmanuel Adebayor and Demba Ba.
Paper Round's view: He may be ageing, but Milito could well be a great buy for West Ham. The Argentina forward has the credentials to do well in the Premier League, and if Big Sam can work his transfer market magic and agree on a decent price in the New Year, the Hammers' problems in the striking department could well be ended.
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Sunderland target Cesar: Gus Poyet is keen on bringing QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar to Sunderland, reports the Daily Mail. The paper claims that the Black Cats manager believes the Brazilian shot-stopper to be someone who could trigger a revival in the club's fortunes. Cesar has been told he can leave Loftus Road as he seeks a move to ensure his place in Brazil's World Cup squad.
Paper Round's view: Five points adrift at the bottom of the table would suggest it's slightly too late to start thinking about shoring up your defence, but better late than never and all that. Cesar can certainly help restore a degree of order to the Sunderland back line, having been one of the few QPR players to emerge from last season's relegation campaign with any credit. Would his World Cup chances be helped by playing for Sunderland though?
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