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United nearing Ramsey deal
03 Jun 2008 - 13:54:30
Manchester United have confirmed that they have agreed a fee with Cardiff City for the signing of teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The 17-year-old had also been a target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, but now just needs to agree personal terms and pass a medical to seal a move to the European and Premier League champions.
Ramsey has already broken into the senior Wales squad after impressing for the Bluebirds, but national team coach John Toshack recently warned that Ramsey needs to be playing regular first-team football to continue his progress.
He said: "If they're going to move to a bigger club or a higher division, it's obviously in our interests that they're sent out on loan.
"It's important that they're playing regularly because, if not, the step up becomes difficult.
"We've had examples here where we've had young lads come in, had moves and it hasn't always been positive from our point of view.
"We've had David Cotterill go to Wigan and not play that much and Chris Gunter, who's been outstanding in the games for us, but moved to Tottenham and hasn't got the amount of football we'd like."