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Ferguson would only go for the right man as Sneijder becomes available

Thursday 29th December 2011
Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Manchester United would only be prepared to buy in the January transfer window if a top player becomes available.

Wesley Sneijder continues to be on the United radar after originally being seen as the ideal replacement for Paul Scholes, but the two clubs failed to agree a £30million deal in the summer.
United - joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City - have seen their squad hit by injuries particularly affecting the midfield with the likes of Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley and Anderson all currently on the treatment table.

With Inter Milan ready to cash-in on their prize asset during the transfer window, the signing of Sneijder could well boost Ferguson's injury-hit midfield.

But Ferguson, speaking in his programme notes prior to the 5-0 victory over Wigan, suggested: "I am perfectly happy with the strength of our squad in terms of depth, quality and age range.

"I will not be swayed by endless tweets and blogs urging the club to get busy in the transfer market next month."

United have of course been previously active in January signing the likes of Patrice Evra and current captain Nemanja Vidic.

But Ferguson, who saw his side crash out of both the Carling Cup and the Champions League at the first hurdle, remains adamant his current crop can cope.

He added: "While recruiting some of the world's leading players can lift you into contention for honours, it doesn't necessarily take you all the way, as I hope we will be able to demonstrate before the end of the season as other factors come into play.

"You can never say never in football, of course, because fortunes can fluctuate wildly - that's the football world.

"If a really top-class player became available, then we would go for him.”

Further midfielders have been linked to Old Trafford, including Cheick Tiote and Jack Rodwell, but Sneijder appears to be the priority, despite his significant wage demands.

In terms of possible departures, Dimitar Berbatov again makes the headlines. After having started just two Premier League games this season, United's record signing has been subject to attention from his former club Bayer Leverkusen.

It remains unlikely that the Bulgarian would be allowed to move elsewhere in January, particularly after a string of fine recent performances, most notably his hat-trick against Wigan.

Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser is waiting to see whether the Red Devils decide to keep the 30-year-old.

Holzhauser said: "I would even say that the contact is friendly. But there is certainly nothing concrete at the moment.

"I also read that Manchester United would like to extend his contract."

Manchester United -

Possible in: Wesley Sneijder (£30m) from Inter Milan, Cheick Tiote (undisclosed) from Newcastle, Jack Rodwell (£20m) from Everton

Possible out: Dimitar Berbatov (undisclosed) to Bayer Leverkusen, Frederico Macheda (loan) to Wigan, Paul Pogba (undisclosed) to Inter Milan or Manchester City

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