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Last Updated: 25/04/14 at 09:54

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With no manager and no director of football, one wonders who is doing all this player scouting and whatnot at United, but as any fashionista will tell you, Southampton are so hot right now.

United are nothing if not dedicated followers of fashion, so to that end they're lining up a double SWOOP for Saints pair Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.

That's according to The Daily Mail, anyway, who claim United will bid £55million - £30m for Shaw, £25m for Lallana - for the pair. Crikey.

Additionally: 'Barcelona midfielder Fabregas remains high on United's hit-list and they are still confident of signing Paris Saint-Germain's £60m-rated striker Edinson Cavani as part of a £200m rebuilding programme.

'Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward will also have to move quickly if he wants to install Louis van Gaal as Moyes's successor before the World Cup.The Holland coach is a firm favourite for the job but will be occupied with international commitments from May 7.'

This makes a certain amount of sense.

The Daily Star report this morning that Everton are considering giving Tom Cleverley a way out of his MANCHESTER UNITED HELL (our emphasis).

The paper reckons Roberto Martinez, who of course managed Cleverley on loan at Wigan, is a big fan of the midfielder, and sees him as a long-term replacement for Leon Osman.

The Star reports: 'It's understood that Cleverley would be keen to make a switch from Old Trafford, having come in for heavy criticisms from United fans during the club's torrid first Premier League season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.

'Martinez may also find his cause boosted by the departure of Moyes, with the new manager being tasked with reviving the club's fortunes with a massive warchest worth over £100m.'

Some lolz from the Spanish press now, and assorted sources over that way are claiming that Barcelona are keen on signing Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.

That's not the funny bit though - the funny bit is they reckon they can get him for about £30million.

Now, we know Arsenal can defy logic sometimes, but why the ruddy hell would they sell a player like Ozil, a year after buying him and for a £15million-odd loss?

Chuck the prospect of that allowing Fabregas to move to United in as well, and all in all it doesn't sound like a particularly advantageous deal for the Gooners.

One departure from the Emirates that is slightly more plausible is Bacary Sagna's.

The Daily Star reckons Sagna will leave Arsenal when his contract expires in the summer, apparently 'heartbroken' that they have only offered him a one-year deal with a £15,000-a-week pay rise (bless) and suggests Manchester as a possible destination.

Both City and United are keen apparently, although quite why the red ones would want a 31-year-old right-back when they have Rafael is unclear.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasaray are also interested, it says here.

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