Fergie looking to bolster midfield with duo

Manchester United are ready to strengthen their midfield options, and are reportedly interested in Ajax’s Christian Eriksen and Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been in the market for a playmaker since Paul Scholes retired in the summer, and failed in attempts to sign Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder in the last transfer window.

With Darren Fletcher expected to face a long spell on the sidelines through illness, the Premier League champions may well look to bolster their options in midfield in January.

United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen has admitted that the club are keeping tabs on Eriksen, after impressive performances for club and country.

“This is a player that is on our radar,” Meulensteen told Voetbal International.

“But that is to be expected. If people weren’t looking, no-one would ever have an opinion on these players.

“It is true that a player like Eriksen would fit our transfer policy. He is being strongly linked with us, but to suggest that we are about to make a move is not true,” he stated.

Gaitan starred for Benfica against United in the Champions League this season and the Argentina international’s agent has confirmed that there has been informal talks between the clubs.

“I have not received any contact from United but there have been conversations between the two clubs,” Gaitan’s representative, Jose Irribaran, told Antena.

“If these talks progress, then we will get our time to speak.

“But Nico is very happy at Benfica and is looking forward to enjoying a successful season,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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