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£30m for Dimi or forget it

TOTTENHAM have told Manchester United Dimitar Berbatov can go for £30million - and no less.

United moved in with a £20m bid for Berba on Saturday - as revealed in SunSport.

United boss Alex Ferguson has long been a fan of the Bulgarian hitman, 27, who has averaged more than a goal every other game since arriving at Spurs two years ago from Bayer Leverkusen.

Chairman Daniel Levy rejected United’s bid and yesterday shocked Old Trafford with his demands for a near-British record fee.

Levy is determined to play hardball after receiving stinging criticism from fans for the £18.6m sale of Michael Carrick to United two years ago.

They believe the England midfielder was under-priced and Levy is determined that will not happen again.

He is also waiting for an offer he cannot refuse from Liverpool for striker Robbie Keane — probably around £20m.

But United refuse to go above £24m for Berba and are ready to play a waiting game, knowing Levy is desperate to raise cash for boss Juande Ramos.

The Spaniard is already determined to sign £17m Blackburn ace David Bentley.

Spurs hope to recoup £5m by sending keeper Paul Robinson to Rovers in part-exchange.

Berbatov and Keane featured for Spurs as they cruised to an 8-0 win over Tavernes in Spain last night.

New £4.7m buy Giovani Dos Santos bagged a double on his debut with Jamie O’Hara (2), Tomas Pekhart (2), Steed Malbranque and Aaron Lennon also on target. -TheSun

Berba will be the new Cantona

WITH all the controversy surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, it is already becoming one hell of a long pre-season for Manchester United fans.

He’s going. He’s staying. He’s injured. He’s a slave. Blah, blah, blah.

But Red Devils fans fear not. Where there is hope, at least there is Dimitar Berbatov.

The moody Bulgarian is bang on Alex Ferguson’s radar and I reckon he is the Eric Cantona clone the United faithful have been praying for.

The languid style. The look of not being interested — before turning on the stunning skill. The pure class.

Cantona had bucketloads of it and so does Berba. He’s just got the vibe, if you know what I mean.

There is a bit of Dennis Bergkamp about him, too but the Cantona comparison is spot on.

People look at him and think he isn’t quick. But they are wrong.

He is deceptively fast and so technically gifted. He can do fantastic things with the ball and scores some cracking goals — just like Eric used to.

Left foot, right foot, close range or far out. The guy has it all.

To be honest, I am surprised there haven’t been more clubs sniffing around.

The Tottenham star is exactly the type of player who would fit into Ferguson’s line-up without any fuss at all. The United chief has a knack of getting guys in who easily walk into the team.

And I can just see Berbatov strutting round Old Trafford.

Up front with Carlos Tevez? Playing just off Wayne Rooney? Any way you look it, it’s one hell of a tasty proposition.

Berbatov is a great link player who will love the free-flowing football United served up last season.

At times he resembles someone who looks like he would rather be somewhere else.

But with the lure of the Champions League and fighting for the title, we may just see a smile on his face.

Certainly being teed up by the likes of Paul Scholes, Rooney and Ryan Giggs every week would make me smile.

The quality of service and the players around will make Berbatov a better player and, perhaps, he will be happier within himself.

That would see a new, maybe more determined player.

Let’s remember what a brilliant couple of seasons he has had at Spurs and think that this guy, 27, can still improve and become even better.

It’s an exciting prospect and Premier League defences wouldn’t like it one bit.

Fergie? He would absolutely love it and perhaps take some of the pain away from the Ronaldo situation and what has been one of the worst transfer sagas in living memory.

Everywhere you look around this sorry mess it just stinks.

Let’s start with our old pal Sepp Blatter. I don’t want to waste too much time carping on about a bloke who isn’t worth the exposure but the FIFA president needs to be told a few home truths.

What right does he have to call into question how United are treating their own player — who they pay?

Here we have a man who is at the pinnacle of power yet continues to spout off in unbelievable ways.

Why doesn’t someone from FIFA pull him to one side and let him know exactly what the organisation think of these ridiculous outbursts?

It does no one any favours. But, then again, the actions of United and Real Madrid have hardly added any gloss to this sickening situation.

Yes, Real have played a naughty game of publicly chasing a player who isn’t theirs.

They have managed to turn his head 180 degrees and Fergie is furious.

But hold on. What have United been doing for the past two years with Berbatov?

It may not have been so public but Berba knows they fancy him. So then Spurs get the hump. And rightly so.

Also, take a really close look at what United did with Owen Hargreaves and Bayern Munich.

If you’re in the market to do these sort of things to other clubs, you must expect it to happen to you.

The double standards in football really astonish me sometimes but that is the way it is these days.

Back when I had my boots on, I never experienced similar situations.

When I left Palace for Arsenal, I played for the Eagles on the Saturday, got a call saying George Graham wanted me and that was that.

No baloney, no bull. Let’s get it straight. Ronaldo wants to go. If he wanted to stay he would have said so.

The noises coming from his camp say only one thing. This should all have been quashed ages ago.

If he really wanted to stay he would have said so by now. The silence is deafening. And very, very annoying.

Fergie is digging his heels in. Why? What’s the point? If Ronaldo doesn’t want to play, let him go.

People say let him rot. What’s the point of that.

What does it achieve? Yeah, it will make the reserves one hell of a lot better but that’s all.

We are in the business of supply and demand. The bottom line is he wants to play football.

So let him play. Either here or in Spain.

If he has a change of mind and wants to stay, great.

Whatever happens, though, it is disrupting his pre-season and taking up too much time which should be used to fine-tune his plans for what promises to be a cracking season. -TheSun

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ManUtd finally will get Berbatov next WEEK......

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will take his spending to £56million this week by finally capturing Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Months of bargaining for the Bulgarian striker will pay off for Ferguson when he lands his target at last – just days after United broke the British transfer record with a £32million deal for Carlos Tevez's permanent move to Old Trafford.

It is understood that Tevez rejected overtures from Real Madrid and one other major European club because he was so happy at Manchester United.

And now the Tevez deal is sorted, talks with Spurs about Berbatov are expected to reach a critical stage within the next 48 hours – with a deal expected by the end of the week.

That would allow Berbatov to link up with his new team-mates when the squad returns from the African pre-season tour.

United face international and domestic competition for Berbatov, with Barcelona, AC Milan, Newcastle and local rivals Manchester City all still hoping to attract the Spurs' star.

But Ferguson's position is helped by the fact Berbatov has a heartfelt ambition to perform alongside icons like Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – and Cristiano Ronaldo if, as looks likely, he stays for another 12 months.

Relations between the two clubs have strained recently – with Spurs complaining to the Premier League about United's behaviour concerning their interest in Berbatov.

They believe he has become increasingly unsettled by United over the last 12 months.

Spurs haven't been willing to discuss Berbatov because they couldn't themselves fix up the first-choice replacement – Zenit St Petersburg hitman Andrei Arshavin.
SundayExpress Newspaper

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United Get a Berba Boost

MANCHESTER UNITED hope Tottenham's bid to bring in new strikers means they will offload Dimitar Berbatov.

Spurs are on the brink of signing Russian ace Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg. His international team-mate Roman Pavlyuchenko is another possibility.

That means Tottenham may choose to balance the books by selling Bulgarian Berbatov, 27, to United.

Tottenham reported the champions to the Premier League over their attempts to sign Berbatov this summer — just as they did with Liverpool over Robbie Keane.

But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy showed this will not get in the way of business by sanctioning Keane's £20million Anfield switch at the weekend.

Now United hope to get the green light to sign Berbatov though boss Alex Ferguson does not want to pay more than £28m.


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manutdforever said:
ALEX FERGUSON aims to land Dimitar Berbatov in a £25million deal by the end of next week.

The Manchester United boss has had a £22m bid rejected with Tottenham wanting £30m.

United will go to £25m and believe that will be enough to secure the unsettled striker.

Ferguson said: “We are looking at some options at the moment — three or four different options about the strike department which we hope will come to a happy conclusion.

“Hopefully we will have someone in for the start of the season.â€

Tottenham have been playing hardball with United, even reporting them to the Premier League for their pursuit of the striker.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy accused Ferguson of arrogance and hypocrisy after he was quoted as saying Berbatov was their target and he expected to get him.

Fergie is desperate to beef up his attack with Cristiano Ronaldo out until October and Louis Saha injured yet again.
Great News !!!!

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Dimitar Berbatov row leaves United a striker light

Manchester United are determined to complete the signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur before the start of the new Barclays Premier League campaign this weekend, but relations between the clubs remain frosty as the Premier League prepares to pass judgment on Tottenham's complaint about their rivals' pursuit of the Bulgaria forward.

The Premier League's board will meet tomorrow or on Thursday to discuss Tottenham's complaint about United's pursuit of Berbatov, which Daniel Levy, the London club's chairman, has described as “disgracefulâ€. Levy claims to have evidence that United have “systematically been working to prise [Berbatov from Tottenham] outside of Premier League rules of conductâ€, although publicly he has stopped short of accusing them of making an illegal approach, which would constitute breaches of the league's regulations K3 and K8.

United have been bewildered by Tottenham's actions and have submitted their own observations to the Premier League, detailing dialogue and written communication between David Gill, their chief executive, and Levy over the past 12 months. They make no secret of their interest in Berbatov, which Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed publicly, but maintain that they have acted properly since first registering their interest with Tottenham more than a year ago.

Tottenham are understood to be resigned to losing Berbatov, but, having rejected an official bid of £20.5 million from United last month, they maintain that they will not sell for less than £30 million. Berbatov, for his part, is determined to move to Old Trafford, having made clear his ambition to play Champions League football.

A new centre forward is Ferguson's priority in the transfer market with Louis Saha likely to be offloaded after a series of injury problems and uncertainty over whether Manucho Goncalves, the Angola forward, will be granted a work permit.

United have been linked with a bid to sign Thierry Henry, the former Arsenal forward, from Barcelona, but the most likely alternative to Berbatov this summer is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the 25-year-old Ajax forward.

Sources in Spain suggest United are interested in David Silva, the Valencia midfield player, but a deal is thought unlikely at present, with the 22-year-old widely expected to join Barcelona if he leaves Valencia. -The Times

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United close in on Berbatov

DIMITAR BERBATOV expects to be a Manchester United player within the next 48 hours.

The Bulgarian striker has told his Tottenham team-mates that he is on his way to Old Trafford.

The £25million deal ends a year-long pursuit of the player by United boss Alex Ferguson.

As we reported on Saturday, United were confident the deal would be done by the end of this week.

Now the Champions hope to unveil him as their new signing in time to be eligible for their big kick-off against Newcastle on Sunday.

Berbatov, 27, feared the deal might be off when reports surfaced of possible United moves for Thierry Henry at Barcelona and Valencia’s David Villa.

But Berbatov was always Ferguson’s No1 one target. He has had three bids rejected — last summer, in the New Year and at the end of this season.

Ferguson said last week: “We are looking at three or four different options about the strike department which we hope will come to a happy conclusion.

“Hopefully, we will have someone in for the start of the season.”

Meanwhile, United winger Ryan Giggs admits this could be his last season. The legendary Welshman, 34, said: “In the last couple of seasons, I’ve gone into competitions as if they were my last.

“I’m not getting any younger so it could be my final season.

“That’s my motivation — to stay in the team with good players around you, and to win things because you want to experience what we did last season.” -TheSun


Dimitar Berbatov is on the verge of completing his long-anticipated move to Manchester United, according to this morning's national newspapers.

Tottenham are reported to have agreed to sell the striker on Tuesday after the English and European champions tabled a substantially-improved bid.

After rejecting United's first offer of £20milion, Tottenham declared they would not consider selling the Bulgarian for less than £30million - but it is believed a fee of around £28million has now been agreed.

And the Daily Mail suggests Berbatov could even be a Manchester United player by the end of Wednesday, though most of the UK press suggest the deal will be done by the end of the week.

The Red Devils have pursued Berbatov for at least 18 months and were reported to the Premier League for 'tapping-up' the 27-year-old by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy last month.

Berbatov's arrival is likely to hasten the exit from Old Trafford of Louis Saha, while it leaves Spurs searching for a new striker after also selling Robbie Keane to Liverpool earlier in the

Fergie banks on Berbatov

United seal the deal for £25m Spurs striker

Dimitar Berbatov is expected to agree personal terms and seal his £25million move to Manchester United.

Sportsmail understands that the Bulgaria striker is due at United's Carrington training centre after finally being given permission by Tottenham Hotspur to talk to the Barclays Premier League and European champions.

The 27-year-old will be offered a four-year deal worth in the region of £80,000-a-week. United hope he will appear on their official pre-season team photo, scheduled to be taken on Friday.

If Berbatov agrees terms, his signing will end an 18-month pursuit by Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be on the verge of fielding his dream attacking line-up featuring Berbatov, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo when the latter two regain health and fitness.

Ironically, the Premier League board are discussing Tottenham's allegations that United have behaved improperly in their pursuit of Berbatov. White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy believes United 'tapped up' their player and made a complaint to the Premier League in mid-July.

However, the League are not expected to find in Tottenham's favour - especially as the clubs have been negotiating for the last few weeks. As Sportsmail revealed last month, United's first offer of £20m for Berbatov was turned down with Spurs originally wanting £32m for the player.

But it is understood the clubs have now agreed on a fee of around £25m - money which Spurs will need to spend immediately on a replacement.

At United there will be jubilation if the deal goes through as Berbatov has been targeted to lead the line since impressing Ferguson in 2006-07.

With Louis Saha so often injured, United have not had a 'through the middle' striker since Ruud van Nistelrooy left. -DailyMail


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Tottenham set Manchester United record £32million fee for Dimitar Berbatov

Angry Spurs will make ****y Fergie pay record transfer for Berbatov

Furious Spurs are determined to force Manchester United to bend to their terms before letting Dimitar Berbatov go to Old Trafford.

White Hart Lane chief Daniel Levy was left incandescent by claims from United that they were on the verge of competing a deal for the Bulgarian hitman, before Tottenham had even received a formal offer.

And now Spurs will demand a British record fee in excess of the £32million United agreed to complete the full transfer of Carlos Tevez last year before allowing the 27-year-old to go.

While Tottenham had put a £30m price tag on Berbatov's head, they had been privately willing to settle for £28m.

That would represent an £18m profit on the player they signed from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 and has scored 23 goals in each of his two campaigns in N17.

But Spurs' stance has hardened, with senior figures accusing United of taking the mickey by talking up a phantom £20m bid for Thierry Henry in an effort to spook them into a rush sale.-DailyMirror

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manutdforever said:
DIMITAR BERBATOV last night handed Tottenham a transfer request in a bid to force his dream move to Manchester United.

And the striker will be on the bench at Middlesbrough today.

A close pal of the Bulgarian said: “Dimi's decided to put in a transfer request.

"He can't wait to go to Old Trafford and play for United.

“He feels he behaved professionally throughout this period.

"He has never spoken publicly on the situation out of respect for Tottenham.

"But he does not want to miss out on the start of United's season and he feels that was his only option left.â€

Berbatov, 27, took action as his move to Old Trafford has stalled over the transfer fee.

Spurs want £30million but United have offered £20m.

Fergie said last night: “You might be surprised at what's going to happen over the next two days.â€

Tottenham are thinking of bringing Seville striker Fredi Kanoute back to White Hart Lane.

But they are baulking at a £12m fee for a 30-year-old.

That's the way Berba !!!
Ronaldo did not it because he is still in love with United (hopefully).......

Go Berba !! Go Berba !! Go Berba !!

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Let me join United

DIMITAR BERBATOV has pleaded with Tottenham to let him join Manchester United.

The Red Devils looked in desperate need of a world-class striker yesterday when they were held 1-1 by Newcastle.

While Chelsea made the early Premier League running as Deco helped them to a 4-0 rout over Portsmouth.

Spurs are demanding £30million for Berba, who slapped in a transfer request on Friday. But United will go no higher than £25m.

Berbatov said: “I’m now in Tottenham but no one can disagree with me wanting to follow my dream.”

Spurs boss Juande Ramos started the Bulgarian, 27, on the bench in the 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

But Berbatov said: “I’m not angry about the decision of Juande Ramos to name me as a substitute. I’m not crying.

“I only show my emotions to my close friends and family.

“But if I was laughing when I was on the bench, people would say I was an idiot.

“I noticed that Eric Cantona never smiled but I don’t know if anyone ever asked him why he didn’t look happier.”

Berba’s agent Emil Dantchev added: “We have two weeks until the end of the transfer window. I think this will be the most important week.” -TheSun


Dimitar Berbatov's position at Tottenham looks increasingly untenable after he asked to be given the chance to "follow my dream".

The Bulgaria striker, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United for much of the summer, did not to allude to Sir Alex Ferguson's side by name but with the Red Devils believed to be inching ever closer to agreeing a fee the striker, the implications of his words are clear.

"I'm now in Tottenham but no one can disagree with me wanting to follow my dream," he told The Times ahead of his country's midweek friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Ferguson has not made a formal offer for the player since seeing a first bid of £20.5million turned down but with Cristiano Ronaldo still out injured and Carlos Tevez missing due to a bereavement, United's shortcomings up front were laid bare against Newcastle in Sunday's 1-1 draw.

That means Tottenham's hand is as strong as it has been since negotiations began and a deal now looks certain to be completed before the end of the month.

Emil Dantchev, the 27-year-old's agent, said: "We have two more weeks until the end of the transfer window and I think this will be the most important week. I read Alex Ferguson's statement that he wants another striker and I hope that this striker is Dimitar Berbatov."

The player himself, meanwhile, has already started steeping himself in United folklore after he took his demotion to the bench with noticeable frustration.

"If I had been laughing when I was on the bench, people would say I was an idiot," he said.

"Eric Cantona never smiled, but I don't know if anyone ever asked him why he didn't look happier."-SportingLife


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson remains committed to bringing in a new striker.

Ferguson is stepping up his efforts to improve his attacking options before the close of the transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur ace Dimitar Berbatov has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Ferguson has other options to consider.

Reflecting on the success of his 1999 Treble-winning team, Ferguson admits he is keen to have four experienced front men at his disposal.

"We are working on bringing in another top striker," Ferguson told United Review.

"Having added strength up front is a situation I really enjoy.

"Ideally I like to operate with four experienced strikers, as we did when we won the Treble, when we had Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"It was an admirable strength to have when it came to the end of the season and we were competing on three fronts with key games coming at us thick and fast."

But, even if Ferguson is unable to increase the numbers in his squad, he is confident his United team will continue to progress this season.

He added: "If our plans do not come to fruition it is hardly the end of the road.

"We certainly will not be going backwards with the players we already have and in my view we are the boys the others will have to beat."-SportingLife


Tottenham are unlikely to land Zenit St Petersburg striker Andrei Arshavin, according to the player's agent.

Spurs were expected to use the funds from Dimitar Berbatov's probable move to Manchester United to land the Russia international.

But Dennis Lachter believes Zenit's valuation of the player means the on-off deal is unlikely to reach a conclusion.

Lachter told The Mail on Sunday: "Andrei would love to go to England but if it stays like this, there will be no deal.

"Zenit will not sell for a penny less than 25million euros (£19.7million) and Tottenham will not go above 22million (£17.3million).

Berbatov started Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener at Middlesbrough on the substitutes' bench but came on for summer signing Giovani Dos Santos in the 65th minute of the 2-1 defeat.-SportingLife

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Just let me follow my dream to move to United, insists wantaway Spurs star Berbatov

Surely .... Clearly ..... He wants to join Manchester United

Dimitar Berbatov on Sunday night urged Tottenham to sell him to Manchester United and allow him to follow his dream.

The Bulgarian striker was left out of the Spurs starting line-up at Middlesbrough on Saturday as his club continue to haggle over his future with league champions United.

While Spurs looked like they were missing the Bulgarian's influence as they flopped 2-1 at the Riverside, United themselves were clearly lacking firepower as they drew 1-1 at home to Newcastle on Sunday and on Sunday night talks with Spurs were ongoing.

Berbatov said: 'I'm still with Tottenham but no one can disagree with me wanting to follow my dream. I'm not angry about the decision of [Juande] Ramos to name me as a sub. I'm not crying.'

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would not be drawn on the situation but was understandably disappointed to lose ground on rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal already.

Ferguson said: 'It's not a disaster as there are 37 games left but we didn't have any width or penetration.

'It was a struggle really and we never looked like breaking Newcastle down.'

For Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan, it was a terrific start. He said: 'Our attitude had to be spot on and it was. United are a great team and you can't carry anybody here. If we can come here and do this then we can do it anywhere.'-DailyMail

Brooding Berbatov confronts club about his 'dream move' to United

Dimitar Berbatov has spoken for the first time about his desire to join Manchester United, urging Tottenham Hotspur to allow him to "follow my dream" but insisting that he wants to leave on good terms. The Bulgaria striker hopes the drawn-out transfer saga will be concluded this week, with the two clubs haggling over a fee in the region of £25m to £28m as well as the structure of the payments, and the player's agent, Emil Dantchev, has said he is preparing for the "most important week yet" in Berbatov's career.

"I'm still a Tottenham player, but no one can disagree with me wanting to follow my dream," said Berbatov, who is at present away with the Bulgaria national team preparing for a match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday. "However, I'm now with the national team, so I just want to think about the national team."

Berbatov was restricted to a place on the substitutes' bench as Tottenham began their season with a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday, but he insisted he understood the manager Juande Ramos's decision. "It's not a hard period for me," he said. "I still have a lot of friends at Tottenham and I'm not angry about Ramos naming me as a substitute. People say I looked unhappy but if I was laughing when I was on the bench, they would say I was an idiot. Eric Cantona never smiled, but I don't know if anyone ever asked him why he didn't look happier."

If everything goes according to plan, Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to have Berbatov available for their match at Portsmouth next Monday. "I read Alex Ferguson's statement that he wants another striker and I hope that this striker can be Dimitar Berbatov," said Dantchev. "There are still two weeks of the transfer window to go but this is the most important week yet."

The Tottenham manager, meanwhile, cannot escape the issue of the brooding Bulgarian's future however hard he tries. Nowehere was it more apparent than at Middlesbrough when, after a game in which debuts were handed to four signings and Spurs lost an opening-day fixture for the second season running, the forward again dominated the post-match questions. Ramos smiled through most of them, but his eyes told a different story.

He is one fed-up Spaniard, but relief may mercifully be at hand if the Londoners can find a replacement for Berbatov before the transfer deadline. There remains interest in the Russian Andrei Arshavin and other options are now being seriously considered, with a bid for Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz a firm possibility. Either player would undoubtedly cause Ramos less stress. Asked why he did not start with Berbatov at the Riverside, the manager stumbled to find an answer before delivering one that contained contradiction and lacked sense.

"We went with Giovani [dos Santos] instead because we thought his speed would worry Middlesbrough," said Ramos. "But as Middlesbrough tired we thought it would be the right moment to substitute him and bring on Berbatov." But if Dos Santos' pace is such an asset, would it not have been better to introduce him after the home side tired?

Whatever the explanation, the visitors lacked incisiveness on Saturday. Darren Bent, chosen to play up front on his own, struggled to impose himself and show the sharpness that saw him plunder 13 goals in pre-season. In support, Dos Santos, one of the debutants, was sprightly but is clearly still in the process of adapting, as is Luka Modric, who moved the ball with assurance from the centre of midfield but failed to display his promised talents.

David Bentley had less excuse for his tame showing, but he did at least deliver the cross from which Spurs scored late on, Middlesbrough's Robert Huth connecting to head the ball into his own net. By that stage, however, the outcome was beyond dispute thanks to second-half goals from David Wheater and Mido, and Middlesbrough were deserving winners.

A first opening-day win in seven years was of huge satisfaction to Gareth Southgate, who believes the emphasis he has put on youth since becoming manager in 2006 - the average age of the side that started here was 24 - can help Middlesbrough to unprecedented heights. "We're thinking long-term and the aim is to take this club into the Champions League," said Southgate. "That is the vision and because we cannot compete financially for the top players, the only way we will do that is by giving youngsters an opportunity."

Spurs, meanwhile, still believe they can qualify for the Champions League this season, despite the loss of Robbie Keane and the impending departure of Berbatov. Only time will tell if they can break into the top-four but at least their manager will be able to work with a clearer mind after that Berbatov-shaped cloud has passed over White Hart Lane once and for all.-TheGuardian

Dimitar Berbatov: Please let me follow my dream

Tottenham forward ends his silence over United move

Dimitar Berbatov urged Tottenham Hotspur last night to show understanding over his “dream” of joining Manchester United, whose need for attacking reinforcements was exposed as they began their defence of the Barclays Premier League title with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

With an ankle injury ruling Cristiano Ronaldo out for the first six weeks of the new campaign and Carlos Tévez missing yesterday because of a bereavement, Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to give a debut to Fraizer Campbell alongside Wayne Rooney in attack and, with the latter having missed much of preseason with a virus, the United manager admitted that his team sorely lacked penetration at Old Trafford.

Ferguson refused to discuss his interest in Berbatov afterwards, with the clubs still some way apart as they haggle over a fee, but the Bulgaria forward broke his silence on the matter last night, making clear his determination to move to Old Trafford even though he did not refer to United directly. “I’m now in Tottenham, but no one can disagree with me wanting to follow my dream,” he said as he returned to Sofia to prepare for a midweek international friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mischievously, perhaps, Berbatov sought to compare himself to Eric Cantona, the talismanic former United forward, when asked about his sulky disposition on the bench before he came on during Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough on Saturday. “If I had been laughing when I was on the bench, people would say I was an idiot,” he said. “Eric Cantona never smiled, but I don’t know if anyone ever asked him why he didn’t look happier.”

On Friday lunchtime Berbatov pleaded with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, and Damien Comolli, the sporting director, to grant him his wish to be able to join United, but Levy is determined to make United pay £30 million for the forward and will enjoy the thought that Ferguson’s desperation will have grown with yesterday’s result.

United have not made an official bid since a £20.5 million offer was rejected last month, but negotiations continue to take place through intermediaries, with the clubs expected to agree a fee in the region of £28 million this week or, at the very latest, before the transfer window closes on September 1. Emil Dantchev, the player’s agent, said: “We have two more weeks until the end of the transfer window and I think this will be the most important week. I read Alex Ferguson’s statement that he wants another striker and I hope that this striker is Dimitar Berbatov.”

Ferguson is expected to offload Louis Saha once a deal is agreed for Berbatov, with AS Roma continuing to show an interest in the France forward, and he may yet agree to loan Campbell to Hull City, whom he helped to win promotion last season. Another United player who could yet leave before the transfer window closes is Mikaël Silvestre, who has attracted interest from Celtic and, closer to home, Manchester City. Previously this summer the France defender indicated that he would prefer to stay at Old Trafford for a tenth season, even if his first-team opportunities appear increasingly limited. -TheTimes


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Berbatov signs for United

DIMITAR BERBATOV faces a furious Spurs backlash after we snapped him signing a Manchester United shirt.

Livid Tottenham have already reported United to the Premier League for openly trying to lure him to Old Trafford.

The sight of their striker signing a Red Devils shirt will spark further outrage. An onlooker said: “I was gobsmacked when he took the shirt and signed it.

“He didn’t have any problems with it at all.

“If I was one of Berbatov’s team-mates or a fan, I’d be furious. It is incredibly disrespectful — he may as well have kissed the United badge.”

Berbatov, 27, signed the shirt at Sofia Airport as he set off for Bulgaria’s friendly in Bosnia-Herzegovina where he scored twice in a 2-1 win.

United have already bid £25million for Berbatov, who — as revealed exclusively by SunSport — handed in a transfer request on Saturday.

But Spurs are determined to hang on for £30m.

Tottenham legend and Sun columnist Jimmy Greaves said: “Signing the United shirt is certainly cheeky.

“He clearly wants to leave. If he doesn’t want to stay they should get rid of him.”

Spurs fan Bernie Kingsley said: “This brings back memories of when Paul Ince posed in a United shirt when he was still at West Ham.

“I just wish Spurs would sell him and get it all over with.”

It seems an agreement will be made within the week. -TheSun

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what can i do.......
he signed a manutd shirts thats all.....
and remember this word.....

Spurs fan Bernie Kingsley said: “This brings back memories of when Paul Ince posed in a United shirt when he was still at West Ham.

“I just wish Spurs would sell him and get it all over with.”

It seems an agreement will be made within the week.

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Dimi knew what he was doing

OUR picture slideshow (below) proves Dimitar Berbatov knew exactly what he was doing when he signed a Manchester United shirt earlier this week.

SunSport's exclusive snaps yesterday of the wantaway Spurs star autographing a Reds shirt sparked outrage among Tottenham supporters.

Berbatov signed the shirt for British fan John Russell at Sofia Airport on his way to Bosnia with the Bulgaria squad.

And we can reveal that the Bulgarian striker even put his signature right next to the badge on the United shirt he hopes to be wearing soon.

See pics of Berba's autograph on the Utd shirt:

Spurs boss Juande Ramos tried to play it down saying footballers should sign whatever is put in front of them.

But furious fans bombarded the MYSun comments page on our story yesterday.

One wrote: “I'm glad he's going, he's shown no respect for this club, unlike Robbie Keane who would never be pictured doing something like this.â€

And another rapped: “Berbatov's behaviour is disgusting.†-TheSun

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Ramos leaves out Berbatov

Striker 'not focused' for visit of Sunderland

Dimitar Berbatov has been left out of Tottenham Hotspur's squad to face Sunderland as he is 'not focused enough'.

The Bulgarian striker has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and has expressed a desire to head to Old Trafford.

He was on the substitutes' bench for Spurs' opening 2-1 defeat by Middlesbrough last weekend, but was tipped to return for Saturday's home game with Sunderland.

However, upon returning to the club after international duty, Berbatov has not convinced Spurs boss Juande Ramos with his attitude.

Ramos plans talks with Berbatov on Sunday and explained his reasons for leaving the forward out of his squad to take on the Black Cats.

Not good for dressing room

"As I said on Thursday, I needed to wait and speak to the player when he returned from international duty and then make a decision about whether or not he was right to play in this game," Ramos told the club's official website.

"I have not selected him as I do not think that he is focused enough and I do not feel that he will be good for the dressing room and the team effort.

"It doesn't matter how good a player is, if he is not in the right frame of mind, then he will not perform well.

"The only thing I concern myself with is picking the best team to try and win the game.

"I shall talk to the player tomorrow, he is our player and we shall work with him at training."-SkySports

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Manchester United have made a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £25million for Dimitar Berbatov.

MANCHESTER UNITED have made a £25million take-it-or-leave-it bid for Dimitar Berbatov.

Sir Alex Ferguson made his move yesterday and now expects to land the Bulgarian by the end of the week. Berbatov, (right) who handed in a transfer request last week, was left out of the Spurs side which crashed 2-1 at home to Sunderland yesterday.

Furious Spurs boss Juande Ramos admitted: “The player wasn't in the right condition to play. It's the club's decision whether to fine him. I spoke to him before the game.

"It doesn't matter how good a player is, if he is not in the right frame of mind, then he will not perform well. I did not feel he would be good for the dressing room.â€

Berbatov is desperate to go and with Ferguson turning up the heat with his latest bid, it seems certain Spurs will be forced to sell.

United had a £20m bid turned down 10 days ago and were told to come back with £30m.

A source close to the deal said: “Sir Alex is not going to be held to ransom. Tottenham have got their own deals lined up and they all depend on Berbatov going through. It's in everybody's interest to do business quickly.â€

Ramos has identified Emile Heskey as a £10m replacement but Wigan boss Steve Bruce wants any deal done quickly. -News Of The World
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