Sir Alex Ferguson looks to bring Goodison Park, White Hart Lane, Villa Park and Stadium of Light talents to Old Trafford this summer.
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Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a £35 million bid for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, as a replacement for Paul Scholes – according to a report in The News of the World.
The Scot is said to be looking to reshape his midfield with three key new signings in the next transfer window, and apparently has his sights set on Modric, Everton’s Jack Rodwell and Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson.
Modric is enjoying a phenomenal season at White Hart Lane, and is one of Tottenham’s prime assets – but also a top target for the Manchester United manager.
Meanwhile Henderson has been on Ferguson’s radar for some time now, and may join the Red Devils in the summer for a fee predicted to be around £15m.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has already expressed his delight with the 20-year-old’s form so far this season, and his hoping to keep him at the Stadium of Light – but realises that his talent may be just too big for the Black Cats to hold on to for much longer.
Everton will look for a full £25m return if they cash in their most prized asset, Rodwell, as they look to free up much-needed capital to fund future investment in the squad.
Manager David Moyes has openly bemoaned the club’s financial position in recent weeks, and it may require the sale of Rodwell to enable Everton to make a summer move for the striker they need.
Aston Villa’s Ashley Young is also on Ferguson’s radar as a long-term replacement for Ryan Giggs, despite the 37-year-old Welshman having signed a new 12-month contract extension this week.
It seems that Sir Alex Ferguson is not happy enough with his table topping Manchester United side and wants to make some pretty huge signings this summer and whilst this story may well be a re-hash of previous bits of speculation, it is worth delving deeper to see if there is any likelihood of these deals getting done.
First up on the Old Trafford radar is a move for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, a player that Harry Redknapp would surely not consider selling. The Croatian international has been a big hit since his move to the Premier League almost three years ago. He is one of the most crucial players at White Hart Lane and much like moves to land the likes of Gareth Bale or indeed Rafael Van der Vaart, this will surely prove unsuccessful.
The player himself would have to demand such a transfer and the impish midfielder appears to be loving it at the North London club so even the chance to take Michael Carrick back to Spurs as part of any deal renders such a move unlikely, unlikelier still if Tottenham manage to grab a top four finish.
Sunderland youngster Jordan Henderson is another player that Ferguson has been tracking for some time and a move for the England international seems quite plausible. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has even stated that he will find it hard to keep the talented midfielder at the Stadium of Light. Bruce also has to worry about keeping the likes of Asamoah Gyan at the club, especially after losing Darren Bent to Aston Villa.
Everton youngster Jack Rodwell is considered an England captain of the future and there is no doubting the potential the 19 year old has shown over the past couple of seasons and whilst he is tied down to a long term Toffees contract he could also be wrestled away from David Moyes in much the same way Wayne Rooney and Joelon Lescott were. The Goodison Park boss has seen his side plummet this season and instead of aiming for a top five finish the Merseyside club are battling the drop.
A number of other Everton men are also being courted by ‘bigger’ clubs with Arsenal apparently still very keen on Phil Jagielka and the likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman attracting a great deal of attention and Marouane Fellaini has also been a reported Tottenham target.
Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has steadfastly refused to enter into contract extension talks until the season ends, by which time the England wide man will have just a year to run on his current deal and that will make Gerard Houllier a very worried man, so worried in fact that he may elect to cash in on the former Watford man rather than risk losing him for peanuts next January or indeed nothing come the end of next season.
Villa Park fans have unforunately grown accustomed to some of their star players forcing exits as evidenced by the moves to Manchester City by Gareth Barry and James Milner. There is also some concern that Stewart Downing, Gabriel Agbonlahor and youngster Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark could be ushered away should clubs come calling in the summer.