A so-called national newspaper is reporting that Irish central defender Ciaran Clark could be on the move to Crystal Palace with a fee of £5m speculated for the former Villa man. Clark is now 29 and although a well-regarded servant to United struggled to get into the first team last season.

It won’t be a good look if he is sold and there are no further replacements to come into the first team squad.

Our comrades at NUFC.COM are reporting that news-lines in France are commenting that the deals to bring Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin and PSG defender Stanley N’Soki to United are on the point of collapse. It is considered United are declining to pay the wages demanded, which is something we have heard before many, many times. Somewhere in China an elite Spanish football manager maybe smiling ruefully and considering himself to be fortunate to be well out of the basket-case on Barrack Road. If found to be true this will be staggering and predictable in equal measure.

Elsewhere the Coventry Telegraph is reporting that United are one of a few clubs looking at Coventry City, 20-year-old midfielder Tom Bayliss – click here