Date: 2nd June 2007 at 12:21am
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There’s a heartbreaking rumour circulating around the press: United are looking to sign Nicolas Anelka from Bolton.

It’s not that the 28-year-old Bolton striker is not a good player, as he undoubtedly is. He’s pacy, skilled and a good finisher.

However, he’s played at a number of clubs and settled at neither of them. Wenger was the only one who could handle him but even he had not hesitated to cash in on the Frenchman when Real came calling.

In Spain he had his disciplinary problems again so despite winning a Champions League semi-final against Bayern almost single-handedly, he was soon out the exit door. He hardly set the world alight at Liverpool and Manchester City but of course I don’t blame him for that – decent players are always struggling at these clubs.

It seems that Sam Allardyce could get the best out of him and now that Big Sam has left for Newcastle it would not be surprising if Anelka were looking for a move.

The rumours say that Newcastle and Manchester United are ready to pay Ł8million for him. In our case, Alan Smith would leave for Spurs for Ł7M to finance the deal.

You may observe that I haven’t really made my point about why I would not welcome him at the club. Well, it’s quite simple: I don’t like him and I somehow feel he would not make it at us. We have enough attacking talent at the club and if we want to sign someone else then it should be someone I like!