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SIR ALEX FERGUSON is lining up another raid on Arsenal - this time for Theo Walcott.

Manchester United staged the transfer coup of the summer by signing Robin van Persie from the Gunners for PS24million.

And the United boss is now understood to be keen on winger Walcott, 23, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea also in the picture.

Arsenal fans would be furious if another big name is allowed to go to one of their biggest rivals.

nocsAt it "G We wi bu But Walcott - out of contract at the end of the season - hit deadlock after Arsenal's "take-it-or-leaveit" PS75,000-a-week offer. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insists Walcott will not be sold in January but they have an interest in United winger Nani - even if his PS130,000-aweek wage demands may hit a potential swap deal.

AGARETH BARRY has been charged by the FA over the Manchester City star's conduct in Sunday's derby defeat at home to United.

The England midfielder has been charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official and has until 4pm tomorrow to respond.

ABAYERN MUNICH have been declared Bundesliga champions by a betting company - one game before the halfway stage of the season.

The club already have an 11-point advantage and anybody who bet on Bayern winning the league with myBet can enjoy an early Christmas present.

MyBet boss Edward Mifsud said: "No other Bundesliga club can compete with them this season. It's not only Bayern's advantage but also their huge goal difference of plus 37."

AFORMER Motherwell and Scotland striker David Clarkson is backing under-fire boss Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee.

He won his caps under McGhee at Fir Park but has scored just six goals in 21 games for Rovers this term.

Clarkson, 27, said: "The gaffer is a great manager and was one of the main reasons I joined Rovers.

"At Motherwell he knew ways to get the best out of players and I'm sure he'll prove that again."

AJOHN HUGHES has urged Hartlepool boo-boys to lay off his League One strugglers - stuck at the foot of the table 11 points from safety.

There were jeers as he brought on sub Simon Walton in the 2-0 defeat at home to Stevenage.

And the former Livi boss - without a win since taking over last month - said: "Try to build his confidence. If needs be let me be the one who boos him!"
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Date:Dec 12, 2012
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