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Man United Plan £20m January Bid for Spaniard to Add Much Needed Midfield Steel

Old Trafford boss targets tough tackling Spanish international.

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Sir Alex Ferguson will reportedly make a £20m offer for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez as he looks to improve his midfield options when the transfer window re-opens next month.

The Man United manager has suffered a number of injury concerns this season and currently has the likes of Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher sidelined and is keen to bring in a defensively minded addition to help add steel to his Old Trafford side.

Javi Martinez has been a consistent performer in La Liga for some time and now in his sixth season at mid-table side Athletic Bilbao many have speculated that the big 6ft 3in Spanish international may be ready to leave the club he has notched up over 200 appearances for since his move from Osasuna five and a half years ago.

Ferguson will be handed significant funds to help beef up his squad as they look to bridge the gap to local rivals and table toppers Man City and after scouring Martinez for the best part of a year is now ready to bring forward plans to land the big midfielder in the summer to January.

Martinez may be keen to make a high profile move that would help him to cement his place in the Spanish national team ahead of the Euro 2012 finals next summer.

Bilbao have not started the current campaign all that well and find themselves in ninth spot after last season’s impressive top six finish and this may well further convince Martinez that a move away from San Mames is necessary to help continue his career progression.

Ferguson has lacked an out and out defensive midfield option ever since Owen Hargreaves saw his Man United career stifled by constant injury problems and a move for Martinez may well help to step into the void next month.

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