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Man Utd chairman Martin Edwards
"It makes economic sense"
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Tuesday, 25 April, 2000, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Old Trafford chief in striker hint
Ruud
Ruud Van Nistelrooy is due to become Man Utd's fifth striker
Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards says the club must balance its books, as the club attempt to complete the 18.5m signing of Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.



I do not think you can seriously keep five strikers happy.

Man Utd chairman Martin Edwards
Edwards hinted that one of the club's existing strikers is likely to be sold, though he refused to name names.

Van Nistelrooy was due to sign a 40,000-a-week deal on Tuesday morning, but the deal has been held up following fears over his fitness.

He is due to join Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham at Old Trafford.

And speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Edwards said five strikers was too many for one club.



Could Teddy Sheringham be the one to go?
"Any decision would be down to the manager. He would have to decide what striker he can get by without," he said.

"But I do not think you can seriously keep five strikers happy."

Edwards said the club had to maintain its profit margin and warned that such a huge signing was a considerable financial investment, even for Manchester United.

"Manchester United earns roughly 30m a year profit. It then has to pay tax which is 10m and a dividend of 5m so we've roughly got 15m to spend," he said.

"But that's not just on players that's ground improvement and everything else. So clearly to spend more than you actually earn on one player doesn't make sense.

"And don't forget we've spent heavily this year already.

"It therefore makes economic sense to balance the books."

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