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Manchester United Set Sights On £5m Scot to Resolve Keeping Dilemma

Sir Alex Ferguson could swoop for his fellow countryman Allan McGregor as his search for Edwin van der Saar’s Old Trafford successor continues.

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Manchester United are eyeing £5million-rated Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.

Old Trafford superscout Martin Ferguson, brother of boss Sir Alex, watched the Scotland No1 at Hampden on Tuesday.

McGregor, 28, pulled off a string of stunning saves in the Euro 2012 clash with world champions Spain.

And he’s now on the Old Trafford radar as Fergie seeks a long-term replacement for veteran Edwin van der Sar.

SunSport understands United have also watched Ajax’s Maarten Stekelenburg, Atletico Madrid’s David de Gea and Manuel Neuer of Schalke.

But all three keepers carry £20m price tags and McGregor has emerged as a lower-cost alternative for a club saddled with debts of £716m.

McGregor’s Ibrox contract runs until 2013 and Gers have offered him a new five-year deal to stay with the champs.

The keeper is in the form of his life after Champions League clean sheets at Old Trafford and against Bursaspor.

His heroics against Spain followed a world-class stop from Jan Polak in Scotland’s loss in the Czech Republic on Friday.

McGregor also produced a string of stunning saves in the 3-0 friendly defeat against Sweden in Stockholm in August.

United are looking for a new No 1 with van der Sar, 40 this month, set to retire at the end of the season.

Gers team-mate Steven Naismith says McGregor has taken over from £9m Sunderland ace Gordon as Scotland’s first-choice keeper.

And he is shocked that no Premier League giants have already tried to nab McGregor from Ibrox.

He said: “Allan is up there with the best in the game now. To be honest I’m surprised no other club has come in to try and buy him from Rangers.

“He’s been fantastic for us ever since I’ve been at the club.

“En route to the UEFA Cup Final with Rangers some of his saves were absolutely tremendous. He’s carried that on since then.

“He’s had his problems off the park, but he’s learned from them.

“He’s now Scotland No1 and while big Craig is a top keeper too, it’s roles reversed for the two of them now.

“When you look at the likes of Arsenal needing a keeper it’s unbelievable no one has come in for him.

“I’m not complaining though. The longer Allan stays at Rangers the better it is for the club.

“It’s been great for the manager to call on Allan. Some of his saves in the Czech Republic were terrific and against Spain he was really good.

“We have two good goalies here and that’s great.” (The Sun)

The Rangers man is the latest in a long list of goalkeepers to be linked with Manchester United this season, and could provide a cheaper option to a number of other targets. McGregor could be available at anywhere between £5-10million and at 28-years-old, would provide a long-term solution to the inevitable vacant goalkeeper position at Old Trafford.

McGregor has recently taken over from Sunderland’s Craig Gordon as his country’s first-choice ‘keeper, and showed his class in the recent Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain.

Edwin van der Saar is rumoured to be considering retirement at the end of the current season. If this is the case, Ferguson will be looking to bring his replacement in as soon as possible.

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