Goodison Park youngster on Old Trafford radar.
Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly readying a move to sign long term target Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. The Old Trafford manager has been pursuing the England Under 21 international for the best part of two seasons and is ready to offer cash plus the addition of a squad player in an attempt to tempt the Goodison Park side into selling the 20 year old.
Some sources believe that the Toffees may be ready to consider offers for the Southport born midfielder as David Moyes looks to prevent Arsenal from capturing centre back Phil Jagielka who has already been the subject of one failed bid from the North London side this month.
Ferguson is looking to freshen up his squad with a number of youthful purchases and having brought in Phil Jones and David de Gea the Scot now turns to Rodwell to help beef up his midfield options and to add more steel to a squad that does not have an abundance of defensive midfielders.
Though the club has a number of central midfielders, with Michael Carrick, Anderson, Darron Gibson and Darren Fletcher to name just four, Man United do lack an enforcer style player and that has become even more apparent following Ferguson’s decision to not offer injury prone former England regular Owen Hargreaves a new contract.
Man United are willing to offer as much as £20m for the powerfully built midfielder and could offer David Moyes Darron Gibson into the bargain or Danny Welbeck on a season long loan deal.
Ferguson has already spent over £50m on David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young but the Man United manager still has funds to further improve a squad that saw a number of high profile exits over the past few months.
Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have all hung up their boots and with a number of other high profile players nearing the end of their glittering careers, Sir Alex is keen to bring in the top young talent to play alongside those coming through the club’s academy and youth teams.