Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Berbatov Wants United Move to Escape Chaos at Spurs; Getting a Grip: Dimitar Berbatov Holds off Danny Collins during Spurs' Defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on the Opening Day of the Season

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Berbatov Wants United Move to Escape Chaos at Spurs; Getting a Grip: Dimitar Berbatov Holds off Danny Collins during Spurs' Defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on the Opening Day of the Season

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Byline: Simon Johnson

MANCHESTER UNITED are hoping to capitalise on Dimitar Berbatov'sincreasing unhappiness at Tottenham by signing the striker in a [pounds sterling]22milliondeal.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is aware that the Bulgarian international hasgrown discontent among the chaos at White Hart Lane and has made a bid for thestriker.

Berbatov, who looks set to miss Tottenham's match at Old Trafford on Sunday dueto a groin injury, has been angered by events at the club over the past fewweeks and is unsure they can give him the Champions League football he craves.

The 26-year-old was furious after Spurs failed to sign Bulgarian teammateMartin Petrov in the summer because they could not compete with Manchester Cityover his wages.

Berbatov recommended Petrov as the left winger the club needed to be a seriousthreat to the top four this season, but Spurs fell short of City's offer of[pounds sterling]60,000-a-week.

Tottenham have a wage structure in which the highest earners like Robbie Keaneand Ledley King get paid [pounds sterling]50,000 a week and they refused to break it to getPetrov from Atletico Madrid.

A left winger has still not been signed and to add to Berbatov's angst, he wassubstituted in the club's opening Premier League game, which ended in a 1-0defeat at newly-promoted Sunderland.

His agent, Emil Dantchev, has since had to deny that Berbatov fell out withmanager Martin Jol amid reports the Dutchman went to the board demanding thestriker be sold.

But talks over a new, improved contract, which began near the end of lastseason, have stopped and only two months ago Berbatov revealed his dream ofplaying for Manchester United.

He said: "Of course, I like Sir Alex's team. Their style is attacking andpleasant to watch and it coincides with my own style of playing football.

"Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney are fantastic players and that fastguy Cristiano Ronaldo on the right side is a magician with the ball. He playsfootball from another planet.

"Of course, it would be a pleasure for me to play with these guys; they simplyknow how to have fun on the pitch. …

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