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Exciting news for Manchester United fans as Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have stepped up his interest in Robin Van Persie. Fergie confirmed he would be open to let Dimitar Berbatov leave the club if the right offer came in ad RVP could be the man to replace him. Reports in Italy say that Arsenal have already turned down a £20million offer from Manchester United with Juventus apparently looking elsewhere after seeing Van Persie’s price demands. United beat Amazulu 1-0 last night with a goal from Kiko Macheda.
Luka Modric looks set to leave Spurs after reports earlier this week that a deal with Real Madrid was practically finalised. But now Andre Villas-Boas has come out with a strong statement saying that Modric will not leave unless someone stumps up a whopping £35million. Madrid, Manchester United and PSG are all rumoured to be interested in taking the creative midfielder but is anyone willing to match AVB’s price?
Big Sam Allardyce is planning to sue Steve Kean after the Blackburn manager’s infamous drunken rant caught on video. The bizarre episode filmed one night in a Hong Kong bar were the team was on tour includes Kean saying that Blackburn would end the season in the top half and win the Carling Cup. he also went on a foul mouth tirade against Allardyce who is now planning to take Kean to court accusing him of slander.
The Open Championship got under way this morning with the prestigious Claret Jug at stake.
The big guns will be making their way out around 9:00am including Ian Poulter, reigning champion Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Bubba Watson.
Tiger Woods is the 9/1 favourite for the title and is due out at 9.42am.
Bradley Wiggins is on the verge of making history and becoming Britain’s first Tour de France winner. Yesterday he held off repeated attacks from fellow competitors and managed to deal with the scorching heat to keep hold of the yellow jersey. Today’s stage is the 17th and is a 143.5km climb to the summit of Peyragudes.
Yesterday Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler won the 16th stage but Wiggins is still in pole position. The Brit is two minutes and five seconds ahead of team mate Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali is a further 18 seconds adrift.
England start their three-series test against South Africa at the Oval today needing to avoid defeat to hold on to their number one spot. South Africa will be aiming to knock England off their perch and fast bowler Dale Steyn wants that number one test status.
England are narrow favourites for the first test at 11/8 with South Africa at 11/4.