The Sweeper: Anderson offered Manchester United escape route

The Brazilian may move back to the Dragao on a six-month loan as he looks to force his way into his country's World Cup plans, while Joe Hart's form could impact his sponsorship

Manchester United midfielder Anderson could be offered a January escape route by his former club Porto.

The 25-year-old is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and the club will demand an €8.2 million fee.

Porto are still big admirers of the Brazilian, who they sold to the Red Devils back in 2007 for €21m.

It is understood Anderson's name has recently been circulated to a few clubs, and Porto would be keen on a six-month loan to initially assess his form.

The player is desperate to try to force his way into the reckoning for Brazil's World Cup squad and wants more game time.

Another tempting option could be a return to his homeland, with both Santos and Corinthians also made aware of his situation.

- Paul Clennam


Joe Hart could have been forgiven for thinking his nightmare week couldn't get any worse after he was dropped from the Manchester City team that thrashed Norwich 7-0 on Saturday.

But Hart's demise could well hit him in the pocket. The Sweeper has learned that the 26-year-old could miss out on a lucrative World Cup sponsorship bonus if he loses his place as England's No.1 goalkeeper.
The under-fire City shot stopper, who watched understudy Costel Pantilimon keep a clean sheet on his Premier League debut, has a lucrative six-figure tie-up with Umbro, which was recently absorbed by American giants Nike.
The deal is also understood to include a series of recognition payments if he leads England out at major tournaments.

Hart has won the Premier League's Golden Gloves award for the last three seasons which also saw his glove suppliers swell his coffers.

- Paul Clennam