Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray Making It Hot for Red Devils

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray Making It Hot for Red Devils

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Bob Murray is still expecting David Bellion to head for Old Trafford this summer - despite the furore which erupted in the wake of Manchester United's last bid for the wantaway Sunderland striker.

But the Black Cats chairman is confident that evidence provided by Arsenal will prove the Wearside club to have been the victim of transfer irregularities after the Gunners revealed that they were offered Bellion last October.

Murray branded the Red Devils "despicable and unprofessional" in January and, after rejecting a pounds 1m bid from Sir Alex Ferguson, accused United of unsettling the 20-year-old, a claim which was later denied.

Bellion's future will be decided by a Premier League tribunal this summer, but Sunderland are keen for the part played by those claiming to represent the Frenchman to be probed further.

"I think David is going to Manchester United," said Murray, who believes that the former Cannes prospect, offered a major pay rise to stay on Wearside, has been badly advised.

"I think he is going there because that's what people tell me. People in the game are telling me that is where he will end up but one day they will need me or Sunderland for something.

"Arsenal told me at the weekend that they were offered David in October by agents. That statement will be used in a tribunal, they have volunteered to give it to us."

Although Bellion's contract expires this summer, the striker wasn't able to begin talks regarding a move until January and Arsenal's admission will only stoke up the controversy which surrounds the matter further.

Bellion is one of a number of players who will quit the club this summer, with Kevin Phillips and Thomas S0rensen set to lead the exodus following the club's relegation. But, although he is facing mounting criticism as the club prepare for life outside the top flight, Murray will not quit the Stadium of Light. …

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