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The £9m Answer to Manchester United’s Long Term Keeping Issues

Parkhead boss looking to offload keeper who would be a perfect fit for soon to be vacant Old Trafford position.

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The Scottish club are ready to make a move for the Geordie stopper if they can offload Polish international Artur Boruc.

Celtic sources have admitted that Harper is a target as new boss Neil Lennon looks to reshape his squad.

Harper is an influential figure on and of the pitch at St James’ Park and is hugely popular with the Tyneside fans. Celtic have just recruited former Newcastle coach Alan Thompson, who may have recommended the Easington-born Harper.

Newcastle have pledged there is “no new capital” for Chris Hughton to spend, meaning the manager will have to sell to raise cash, and they may be tempted by bids for older stars.

United have two top class young keepers in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, who are desperate for first team action, but selling Harper would represent a gamble.

Boruc is on good money at Celtic, where he has been No.1 for five years, and selling him may be a problem. (Daily Mirror)

So there you have it, apparently Neil Lennon is apparently keen on replacing his top notch Polish keeper with the veteran Newcastle United man and if indeed the Celtic boss is ready to listen to offers for the 30 year old goalie then it would surely make a great deal of sense for Sir Alex Ferguson to consider such a move?

In five years at Parkhead the former Legia Warsaw man has been a tremendous success and has become something of a cult hero at the Glasgow club but he has always had ambitions of a Premier League move and given that the Old Trafford side have something of a large hole to fill the moment that Edwin Van der Sar calls it a day.

With Ben Foster sold and Thomas Kuszczak seemingly not able to make that step up to the number one slot then surely a bid for the £9m rated keeper would be a wise one? Clearly there are some sizeable financial debts to take into account but Sir Alex has been promised he will have funds to add to his squad if he feels it necessary.

Boruc is a commanding presence in the penalty area and is the type of custodian a back four likes to have behind them. A strong voice and character to match would surely suit the Premier League side down to the ground.

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