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02 Jan 2010 12:54:52

Benzema on Reds radar

SIR Alex Ferguson is ready to pounce for Karim Benzema - six months after being snubbed by the French international. The United boss has been alerted by Benzema's failure to make an impact at Real Madrid and is ready to offer him an escape route to Old Trafford. Fergie tracked the former Lyon striker for three years before finally making a move last summer. He saw the man, dubbed the new Zinedine Zidane in France, as the perfect player to add some sparkle to United's squad following the £80m departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real. But he was frustrated when the Spanish giants gazumped his £20m bid, signing Benzema for £25m in an incredible spending spree that also saw them land Kaka and Xabi Alonso. Benzema has managed only five goals in 13 appearances this season and with Real ready to swoop for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, they would be open to offers for the 22-year-old. Fergie even believes that he could even pick up his long-term target on the cheap for around the £20m he was prepared to pay last summer. Ronaldo money He still has the majority of the Ronaldo money to spend and is ready to move in the transfer window - provided the right players are available. Despite United being just two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League and in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, they are still to hit top gear. Fergie is keen to give his squad a boost and is looking for the marquee signing he failed to secure last summer. Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko is another option, as are Valencia pair David Silva and David Villa. With Dimitar Berbatov still struggling for consistency since his £30.75m move from Spurs last season and Michael Owen only seen as an impact player, United are in need of a strike partner for Wayne Rooney. Benzema fits the bill perfectly and may find the chance to head to United too good to refuse the second time around. ARGENTINA striker Sergio Aguero has confirmed his commitment to Atletico Madrid. The 21-year-old had been linked with a switch to a host of top clubs including United and Chelsea. Would you like to see Benzema at United? Have your say.


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