From the Back Pages, August 11: Manchester United transfers: Harry Kane interest resurrected with discreet enquiries made for Tottenham star

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester United are eyeing a fresh move for Harry Kane. United boss Louis Van Gaal is desperately short of strikers and wants to make a stellar signing before the end of the transfer window on September 1. (The Mirror)

Manchester United are rumoured to be closing on a deal for Lazio and Argentina’s midfield engine room, Lucas Biglia, after several reports in Europe suggest that personal terms on a four-year deal have already been agreed. Louis van Gaal’s side, who begun their Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham, have allegedly seen a £17m bid rejected by Lazio in this window as the Serie A club hold out for closer to their valuation of £25m. (The Independent)

These are only the embryonic stages of the new Premier League season so perhaps there should be a note of caution attached among all the superlatives that Manchester City’s performance otherwise deserves. They have certainly set a high bar, and nobody can surely expect them to play with so much style and panache every week, but at the same time it was difficult not to take away the firm impression that Manuel Pellegrini’s team are in a hurry to get their title back. (The Guardian)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels it is ‘very unfair’ that the summer’s transfer window is open during the Barclays Premier League season. Martinez has been repeatedly asked about the future of John Stones with Chelsea poised to make a third bid of £30million for the Everton defender before the window closes on September 1. Everton will have played four Premier League matches by then, and Martinez will try to keep hold of the 20-year-old despite interest from last season’s champions. (Daily Mail)

WEST HAM wonder-kid Reece Oxford has revealed he was allowed to slip through the net at Tottenham before ending up at Upton Park. (The Express)

Sam Burgess will get the chance to force his way into England’s World Cup squad when he makes his international rugby union debut against France in Saturday’s first warm-up fixture at Twickenham. (The Times)

Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke and Australia squad come out fighting after criticism at home. The Australia captain denies claims of a rift as Mitchell Johnson accuses columnist of being ‘disrespectful’ on Twitter. (The Telegraph)

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