From the Back Pages, September 4: Herrera’s Man Utd transfer falls through as IMPOSTERS reportedly help scupper deal

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Manchester United’s attempts to land Ander Herrera ended in farce after a group of imposters helped to scupper the deal. United insist they pulled the plug because they were unwilling to pay the £30.5million fee to trigger his release clause from Athletic Bilbao. But reports from Spain say three men posing as United officials visited the La Liga offices in Madrid claiming they were there to finalise a move for the playmaker. (Mirror)

Mesut Özil has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Carlo Ancelotti, his former coach at Real Madrid, claiming that it was the lack of faith shown in him by the Italian that persuaded him to move to Arsenal. (The Times)

Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere both missed England training on Tuesday morning as the squad gathered to prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. (The Guardian)

Gareth Barry admitted that the thought of returning to Manchester City’s training ground filled him with dread before he secured a season-long loan move to Everton on transfer deadline day. (The Telegraph)

Turkish side Galatsaray have claimed that Manchester United made ‘an indirect offer’ to 29-year-old playmaker Wesley Sneijder. United previously came close to signing the Dutch midfielder from Inter Milan in the summer of 2011 in a £35million deal but pulled out of the deal due to Sneijder’s £200,000-a-week wage demands. (Daily Mail)

BRIGHTON have rejected an approach from La Liga side Osasuna to speak to head coach Oscar Garcia. (The Express)

Eoin Morgan hit a superb century against his native Ireland to ensure his adopted country England avoided embarrassment in the RSA Challenge one-day international in Dublin. (The Independent)