The Sweeper: Anderson asks Villas-Boas for Tottenham transfer

The Manchester United midfielder is desperate to leave Old Trafford ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil, with the likes of Porto and Fulham potential destinations

Manchester United have been offering midfielder Anderson to all-comers in recent weeks and it seems that the Brazilian is equally as desperate for a January transfer away from Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old made a beeline for Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas after United's 2-2 November draw in north London to ask about a potential transfer to White Hart Lane.

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While Villas-Boas had identified Anderson as a leading target in the summer of 2012, the Londoners have no desire to add the former Porto man to a midfield that boasts Paulinho, Sandro, Mousa Dembele and Etienne Capoue.

But it is a sign of just how much Anderson has failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from Porto for around £20 million in 2007.

United are likely to take a huge hit on the money they paid for the Brazilian, who club sources say is unfit and fails to follow tactical instructions.

He has made just four Premier League appearances so far this season, two as a substitute, but still hopes he can feature in next summer's World Cup in his home country.

Porto have expressed an interest in taking back Anderson while new Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen may be tempted to reunite with his former colleague.

Anderson's £80,000-a-week wages mean that United may have to settle for an initial loan deal to get the player off their books, with a move to Turkish club Galatasaray also a possibility.

- Greg Stobart


Tom Cleverley could be a surprise name in next summer's clear-out at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old, who was substituted off after 69 minutes in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, has made 14 appearances under David Moyes this season but has failed to convince with his displays in central midfield.

The Sweeper understands that United's hierarchy fear that Cleverley will fall further down the pecking order, having not made the progress many were expecting since his return from an impressive season-long loan spell with Wigan in 2011.

Moyes has struggled to find a balance in his central midfield this term and Cleverley's impact on the team has been questioned as he has scored only two goals and assisted two others in the Premier League since the start of last season.

- Paul Clennam