Football: Fact and Fiction from the Sunday papers

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The Mail on Sunday says Manchester United are ready to decide this week on whether to complete a pounds 3m deal to bring Cameroon international midfielder Marc Vivien Foe to Old Trafford from Lens after Alex Ferguson watched him play in the French Cup final on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, the People reckon Ferguson is keen to sign Sheffield United's highly rated England Under-21 defender Wayne Quinn in a deal that would cost only pounds 1.5m, regarding Quinn as a long-term replacement for Denis Irwin. The Mirror says Gary Pallister, about to lose his place to Jaap Stam, could go to either Middlesbrough or Sunderland.

Pierluigi Casiraghi has reportedly told News of the World sources that Chelsea have made him "a most attractive offer" to join them next season, while the Mirror suggests Stamford Bridge boss Gianluca Vialli could acquire another Italian in Crystal Palace's Attilio Lombardo.

The Express reports that Juninho may leave Atletico Madrid in a summer clear-out at the Spanish club and says Middlesbrough have first option. By contrast, the News of the World quotes the Brazilian ace as wanting to stay with Madrid "for 15 years" because he sees the club as a coming force in Europe.

The Mirror challenges the Express's claim that Celtic want to sign Derby's Christian Dailly in a pounds 4m swap deal involving Alan Stubbs. They say the ex-Bolton defender is on his way to Sheffield Wednesday for pounds 3.5m.

However, the Express and the People agree that Wolves are on the trail of Wednesday's Ron Atkinson in the hope that he can succeed where Mark McGhee has failed in taking Sir Jack Hayward's club to the Premiership. The Mirror says Howard Wilkinson could return to his old job with Wednesday, having become disillusioned in the role of FA technical director.

The People reckons Monaco's Scottish international John Collins could move to Coventry for just pounds 1m after the World Cup.