Date: 23rd November 2009 at 9:11pm
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It seems we can forget about January signings and we’ll have to make do with the current squad plus Adem Ljajic and Mame Biram Diouf if they get the work permit they need. Sir Alex Ferguson explained, when prompted again, that he’s unlikely to sign anyone in January not because he could not think of players who would improve the team but because their price is way too high for his liking.

‘I’m in the same position as I was in the summer,’ he said, once again explaining the lack of spectacular summer activity.

‘There are a lot of players out there, all valued by their current clubs at £50 million. Given the prices being asked, I just do not see the value.’

The likes of Silva, Villa, Aguero – this is the calibre we are linked with – would command hefty price tags indeed and there is Everton’s Jack Rodwell of course (I thought he did quite well at Old Trafford) but he won’t be allowed to leave in January and as he’s English he’d cost a fortune anyway. Here’s hoping that A) in the summer there will be good players available for good prices and B) City, Chelsea and Madrid won’t sign all of them.