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Football: United seek Cantona deal

Eric Cantona and Manchester United are in talks over a final pay- off demand, reported to be as high as pounds 750,000, to reward him for money made on replica shirts bearing his name.

United's chief executive, Martin Edwards, said: "There are discussions going on between us and Eric's lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand. Eric has not issued a writ.

"When he left us he was concerned about us continuing to market his name. We agreed we would not market Eric Cantona products from 31 July."

Cantona, who retired at the end of last season, is believed to be seeking a six-figure sum.