Press Watch: McClaren ready to bolster Boro squad

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The MAIL on Sunday says Portsmouth are ready to offer Tottenham Hotspur's free-transfer target Darren Anderton a £1m-a-year contract and believes the Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren wants 33-year-old midfielder Gary Speed, who is surplus to requirements at Newcastle.

The Sunday Mirror says Boro aim to lure Flavio Conceicão to the Riverside in place of Geremi, after learning that the Brazilian is not needed at Real Madrid. The paper also claims McClaren has offered West Ham £1m for Trevor Sinclair.

The People suggests that Leeds are ready to spend, despite raising only £7m from the sales of Olivier Dacourt and Harry Kewell, with their manager, Peter Reid, setting his sights on Brazilian midfielder Kleberson and Parma's Japanese forward, Hidetoshi Nakata. The News of the World and the Express believe Leeds want ex-Newcastle defender Didier Domi, available for £3m from Paris St-Germain.

Liverpool's hopes of adding Auxerre's striker Djibril Cissé to the Anfield roster could be scuppered by Barcelona, according to the News of the World, which reports an £11m bid from the Spaniards.

Paul Merson, who inspired Portsmouth to win promotion to the Premiership, will be offered the chance to do the same at Nottingham Forest, according to the Mirror and The People, both of which claim that Forest's manager, Paul Hart, hopes to tie up a deal this week, trumping Walsall's attempt to land the former England and Arsenal star for £4,000-a-week. The People also reveals that Forest's ambitious new First Division rivals Cardiff have been in talks with Jody Morris, freed by Chelsea.

The People says Bolton's manager Sam Allardyce has his eye on another coup by bidding to land French defender Philippe Christanval, who cost Barcelona £7m from Monaco, on a 12-month loan.

Everton could finance a deal for West Ham's Michael Carrick by selling Thomas Gravesen for £3m, according to the News of the World, which reports interest in the Dane from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

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