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Ferguson set for early shopping spree
Published : 14 Dec 2009 09:08:50
TWO of United's summer targets could be resurrected when the January transfer window opens in 18 days. Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said he's not thinking about buying in the New Year as value in the market is hard to come by. But Karim Benzema and Klaas Jan Huntelaar are potential imports. French striker Benzema was Fergie's priority goalscoring target last summer but he was priced out of the race by Real Madrid's money-no- object policy. But the 21-year-old has failed to shine since his £35m move to the Bernabeu and Real are thought to be keen on selling him before his value dips. While Benzema could not play in Europe for United, the Reds do need added firepower for the second half of their bid to win an historic fourth title. Huntelaar is also a possibility. The Dutchman had a prolific strike record but hasn't hit it off at AC Milan. Steve McClaren's Dutch club, FC Twente, have been in talks to take the 26-year-old on loan until the end of the season. The same package might appeal to United, or they could make a £10m plunge. Valencia's forwards David Villa and David Silva, as well as Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko, who scored against the Reds could still be snapped up. Ferguson has insisted the Glazers will invest in the transfer market if he wants the cash but with all those five due to play in the World Cup, early business in January or right at the end of the season pre-South Africa could avoid their values rising during the tournament. Who would you like to see United go for? Have your say.