Manchester United

Fergie’s £26M Worth Of European Reinforcements Are Just The Ticket

Sir Alex Ferguson must be getting a little twitchy watching his “noisy neighbours” sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League – a dip into the transfer market in January looks necessary to help bolster his squad. According to German magazine, Kicker, the Manchester United boss is tracking Real Madrid’s out of favour midfielder Sami Khedira, and Schalke left-back Christian Fuchs.

Ferguson has reportedly made enquiries about Khedira’s position at Real. The 24 year-old German international was signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2010 but is struggling to hold down a first-team position at the Bernabeu.

United’s lack of options in midfield has come under fire in recent weeks and a potential £20m move for Khedira in the January window would provide some additional steel to Fergie’s side. Chelsea were also said to be interested in Khedira during the summer when Michael Essien picked up a bad injury in pre-season.

The United boss also had his scouts sent to Germany last weekend to monitor Christian Fuchs’ performance in Schalke’s Bundesliga tie with Borrusia Dortmund. The 25 year-old’s impressive form this season has attracted the attention of a number of clubs around Europe including Juventus and Parma, but Kicker say United are favourites to land the Austrian international.

Fuchs only joined Schalke this summer from fellow German’s, Mainz, for a fee close to £4m where he signed a 4-year deal. The Austrian, who is now rated at £6m, currently plays as a left-back for Schalke but can also play in midfield which could provide Ferguson with another versatile option. However, United fans may be hoping for a more attack-minded midfielder with creative flair who has the ability to unlock a tight defence.

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