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Sir Alex Ferguson might have proclaimed that defensive midfielders are a dying breed, but he continues to scout one North of the border as the Mirror report that Manchester Unitedâ€™s chief scout Martin Ferguson has made another trip to Scotland to watch Celticâ€™s Victor Wanyama. The 21 year old midfield enforcer has been on the radar of a number of English clubs, including Arsenal and QPR, who even made an official bid in the summer.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon recently spoke about handing Wanyama a new long-term deal and the player himself admitted to being keen on extending his stay at Parkhead. The Kenyan already has a contract that runs till 2015, with the club reportedly valuing him at Â£10m. Celtic have the added benefit of playing Champions League football this season, which is vital to keeping their bets players.
Wanyama is a tough-tackling midfielder in the classic Claude Makelele mould and he is also capable of dropping into the backline in a centre-back role. Unitedâ€™s deficiencies in central midfield are renown, especially after Tottenham Hotspur horribly exposed them last week.
Sir Alex has plenty of forward-thinking options in Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverly, Anderson, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs but apart from Darren Fletcher he doesnâ€™t have a midfielder who can influence the game in the 2nd phase of play- when they lose possession. And, in what must be music to the ears of United fans across the world the report claims that United could make a move as early as January.
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