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Manchester United join the race to sign Saints starlet

Manchester United could go head-to-head with rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to The Express.

The 17-year old was initially expected to follow in Theo Walcott’s footsteps when Arsenal made a move for the £10 million-rated winger in January. The two clubs failed to agree a fee and now United look set to join Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs in moving for the highly-rated youngster.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has only played for Southampton’s senior team for two seasons but has impressed with 11 goals in 43 appearances and features in last season’s PFA Team of the Year. Despite winning promotion back to the Championship, the England Under-21 international looks set to move on to a Premier League club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s father, former England player Mark Chamberlain, had initially urged the player to move to London-based Arsenal.

United are thought to favour a player-plus-cash deal for the player with winger Gabriel Obertan potentially heading in the other direction. However, much of the deal is likely to rest on whether United are successful in securing Aston Villa winger Ashley Young in a £16-million deal.

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