Paper Round: United to offer Cleverley £80k a week

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is set to double his money at Old Trafford despite signing a new contract just a year ago.

The 23-year-old has impressed to such an extent that United are ready to pay him an eye-popping £80,000 a week, little over a year after he signed a £40,000-a-week deal at the start of last season, according to the Daily Mirror.

Cleverley still has two and a half years left on that deal but United are said to be keen to keep happy the man they see as the heir apparent to Paul Scholes.

The Mirror says that: "Talks are now underway to bring the England midfielder's salary into line with some of the superstars at the club, after he confirmed his status as one of the most exciting young players in the country with a string of superb performances.

"Cleverley is now a fixture in the England team, and is seen as a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson's new-look United side as he looks to create a team that can dominate the Premier League for the next decade.

"Crucially, the 23-year-old has begun to show the goals instinct that his manager has been hoping to see, and with his pivotal role in the United team, the Old Trafford board accept the player will demand a bigger deal."

Even with the big pay rise, Cleverley would still be well short of the reported £200,000 a week currently being paid to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

A former United star who might be about to return to England is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who could be named the new manager of Bolton according to the Daily Mail.

Solskjaer, who led Molde to the Norwegian title last season, was due to appear at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge on Thursday before pulling out at the last minute.

The official reason given was that he was ill, but the Mail reckons that was a smokescreen and that he had instead planned talks with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who also happened to be in London.

Blackburn are still trying to prise Tim Sherwood away from Tottenham to become their new manager according to the Sun.

The paper says that Rovers will offer their former midfielder a £1 million bonus to get the club promoted from the Championship. That would be on top of a £2m-a-year two-year rolling contract.

Liverpool have dismissed Alessandro Del Piero’s claim he rejected a move to Anfield out of respect to the victims of the Heysel disaster.

"No attempt was made to sign Alessandro Del Piero. Nobody at Liverpool spoke to the player or his representatives at any stage about the possibility of him joining the club," the club are quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. Del Piero instead decided to sign with Australian club Sydney FC.

And finally, Tottenham are ready to battle Italians Inter Milan for £7.5m-rated German midfielder Patrick Herrmann. The U21 star has 10 goals in 56 games for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.