Mikel Arteta on Fergie's radar

THE Daily Mirror claims that Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United are ready to make an audacious bid for Everton's Mikel Arteta. Such a move for the former Rangers player would no doubt test his friendship with Goodison Park manager David Moyes.

Meanwhile, further north, Rangers' Kris Boyd is, for once, keen to stay out of the box – the wooden variety that is – as he dismissed talk of a controversial move to arch rivals Celtic but admitted he spent months agonising over his future before finally deciding to leave Ibrox. "I'll sit down with my family over the next few days and come to a decision," he told the Sun.

Former Scotland coach George Burley – or "dud" as the Daily Record prefers to call him – has taken a pop at his successor Craig Levein for his failure to arrange any friendlies this summer.

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Ironically, Burley's poor record in friendlies was crowned by the 3-0 loss in Wales which got him the sack.

The Daily Express reveals that a new bidder for Hamilton star James McArthur has emerged in the shape of Leeds, who may trump Rangers and Wigan.