Date: 6th January 2007 at 1:50pm
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According to one of the leading tabloids (I’m sorry but I must not reveal that it’s the Guardian I’m talking about) United are set to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton.

This tabloid claims that Southampton sources confirmed Sir Alex’s interest in the player and they suggested a deal could be done early next week. The United manager did not wish to comment on this matter.

Bale’s arrival could mean the end of Gabriel Heinze’s United career but though AC Milan are thought to be interested, it won’t be anything as straightforward as just selling him to Italy. Speculations are rife he could be used to secure Owen Hargreaves as Bayern would be happy to get Heinze.

By the way, the Canadian-born midfielder suffered an injury setback and is set to be out for another month but I don’t think that would stop Fergie from signing him if he got the chance.

Back to Heinze: I’d be sad to see him go as he was one of the revelations of the 2004/05 season but Patrice Evra is constantly performing better than him now. He didn’t really find his form after his lengthy injury and Bale has 10 years advantage ahead of him. And if Heinze’s sale could really help us to secure Hargreaves, then so be it. Sadly, but we should let him go.

Of course, if we don’t buy Bale then there’s no way we could let Heinze go.