Old Trafford boss keen on Villa Park duo.
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Manchester United are planning a summer raid to sign Aston Villa pair Ciaran Clark and Ashley Young as Sir Alex Ferguson makes further plans for the future. The Old Trafford boss is hopeful of luring the Villa Park duo and has been given the financial backing to make a significant bid to bring them to the club when the season comes to an end.
Ferguson is planning something of a summer clear-out and has long been an admirer of England winger Ashley Young and is confident he can persuade the former Watford man to leave for Man United in the summer and Aston Villa may feel that given the fact the attacker would only have a year left to run on his contract it may be the right time to cash in on his value.
Sir Alex is also keen on up and coming youngster Ciaran Clark who has shown his ability to perform both at centre back and in the centre of midfield during a season that has seen the Harrow born youngster become one of the few highlights of an otherwise poor season at Aston Villa.
However the Man United boss has been told by the club’s owners that he must first trim his squad before he can use funds to bring in new signings and this ties in nicely with Ferguson’s plans to freshen things up at the club with the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Owen Hargreaves, Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Owen and Wes Brown all likely to move on, either through retirement or because of a lack of first-team opportunities.
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