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Manchester United shares rose sharply on Wednesday, causing speculation that a mammoth kit deal is on the horizon.

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Michael Regan

Football isn't just about six days of transfer rumours followed by a game. Oh no. There are also unimportant side issues to be written about, like shares, their fluctuating prices, and what those fluctuating prices mean.

Those of you that follow these things may be aware that Manchester United's share prices -- 10% of the club is traded on Wall Street as MANU -- rose 8% on Wednesday, ending the day at $17.65 and sparking all manner of speculation as to what was going on. Over on the Telegraph, TBB's favourite Telegrapher Mark Ogden reckons that the market is getting all flustered in anticipation of the long-rumoured Gigantic New Kit Deal:

United have been in negotiations with current kit suppliers Nike for more than twelve months, with the club also holding talks with Adidas, Puma and Warrior in an effort to secure a world record agreement for a new deal to replace the Nike contract, which expires in June 2015. Senior figures at Old Trafford have remained guarded over the kit deal discussions, but an agreement is understood to be close.

How much, you cry? A cool £600m, according to Ogden. That's a lot of Marouane Fellainis. A note of caution, however, comes from Twitter, where the United-supporting, wise-in-the-ways-of-the-financial-world blogger Andy Green notes that the recent block purchase of shares by Baron Capital may mean that this sort of thing happens more often, kit deals or no.

Got all that? Good. Now, what's Toni Kroos been up to ...