Fergie in for £20m Carlton - Manchester United to fight Liverpool for West Ham's Cole

13 November 2009 11:33
Manchester United plan to make a £20million bid for West Ham's Carlton Cole when the transfer window reopens in January.

In demand: Cole has flourished under the tutelage of Gianfranco Zola

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to add strength to a squad weakened by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez and has identified the England man as a replacement.

Nevertheless, a spokesman at Upton Park insisted last night that Cole is 'not for sale', and added: 'We want to keep all our best players and the suggestion that we need to sell because of a financial crisis is not true.'

Cole has missed out on England's friendly against Brazil in Qatar tonight because of injury but his development under Fabio Capello, as well as the progress he has made working with Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke at West Ham, has made him an attractive proposition.

Liverpool are also understood to be interested.

For Ferguson, though, Cole is someone who could play with Wayne Rooney and who offers something different more of a physical presence from the forwards he has at Old Trafford.

Ferguson has hardly touched the £80m United received for Ronaldo.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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