ROVERS TELL UNITED GIVE US SCHOLES; Shearer deal's on hold unless Ferguson sells his superkid.
Alan Shearer's pounds 17 million move to Manchester United took a dramatic new twist last night as Blackburn demanded Paul Scholes Paul Aaron Scholes (born November 16 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. One of the best midfielders of his generation, Scholes has been praised many times for his modesty and attitude towards the game. as part of any deal.
I can exclusively reveal Rovers want Scholes, United's brilliant 21- year-old - otherwise they will refuse to enter negotiations over Shearer's release.
And that's stunned United boss Alex Ferguson, who sees Scholes as the natural replacement when Eric Cantona, 30, bows out of the Premiership.
Blackburn have never been interested in taking pounds 7 million Andy Cole Andrew Alexander "Andy" Cole (born October 15 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer, who is one of the highest scoring players in the game's history. He currently plays for Sunderland. but they'll reluctantly do business if Scholes - rated at pounds 5 million - is part of the equation.
Shearer, back from Euro 96 England duty, will have clear-the-air talks with Blackburn owner Jack Walker this week and he'll break the news that he wants to quit Ewood Park Ewood Park is a football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire and the home of Blackburn Rovers football club. The stadium, which opened in 1890, is an all seater facility which holds 31,367 people and has a pitch size of 115 x 76 yards. .
Despite Rovers' assertions that Shearer's going nowhere, I understand that Walker is privately resigned to losing his lethal striker.
It's no longer a question of throwing more money at Shearer, who's on pounds 15,000-a-week.
Shearer is ambitious for more success and he's told friends that Blackburn have reached the limit of their potential.
Shearer has a gentleman's handshake with Walker that he can quit Rovers for a fresh challenge, but he'll have to invoke that agreement and, in effect, ask for a transfer.
United chairman Martin Edwards Charles Martin Edwards (born 24 July 1945 in Adlington, Cheshire, England) was the chairman of Manchester United from 1980 until approximately 2000. He still remains at Manchester United as honorary life president of the club. , who confirmed our exclusive back on May 12 that they'd made an approach for Shearer last month, may now be forced to increase the cash bid from pounds 12 million to a mindblowing pounds 17 million to get his hands on England's most prolific striker.
But that's no problem for the Double winners, who are set for another season of record-breaking profits on and off the pitch as they prepare for the lucrative European Champions League.
Another option would be pounds 14 million plus Lee Sharpe Lee Stuart Sharpe, (born May 27, 1971 in Halesowen, West Midlands), is a retired English football player. Predominantly a left winger, Lee once played for Manchester United and was a promising young player in English football, but his career went into rapid decline at an early age. - a long-term target of Blackburn boss Ray Harford.
Several leading foreign clubs, including Barcelona and Napoli, are monitoring developments, but United are convinced they're front-runners for Shearer, and Old Trafford sources suggest he's desperate for the move to happen.