Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday January 8 2007
Martin O'Neill has confirmed he is looking to complete the season long loan signing of Manchester United full-back Phil Bardsley over the next few days.
'I spoke to Sir Alex a few days ago and he wouldn't mind at all. But like anything else, until things are signed, I won't take it for granted. Hopefully he'll join us this week, though obviously he can't play against Manchester United next weekend. We just want to start building the squad up a wee bit to give the players a helping hand.'
My source at Manchester United said: 'The thing about Bardo is that he can also play centre back fairly competently, or even left back when required, so he's a very versatile lad. He had a good run in the first team at the start of last season and did absolutely nothing wrong at all, so he's highly thought of here.'
Following the background information he gave the other day:
'Bardo is a fans' favourite, people around here love him. He gives 100% and more besides, is extremely fit and doesn't mind getting forward. He's very much a young Gary Neville and already has a hardcore following here, not least because he's from Salford and is hard as nails. Funny, cheeky lad who'll give his all to make it at the very top.'
Date:Monday January 8 2007
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