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Sir Alex Ferguson looking at Fulham asset to beef up backline

| 08.10.2012

Manchester United today became the latest super-club to be linked with a move for Fulham’s Brede Hangeland.

The Red Devils are reportedly considering a January bid for the Norwegian stopper, whose contract at Craven Cottage expires in the summer. Sir Alex Ferguson is obviously keen to bolster his defence with Nemanja Vidic’s knee problems refusing to go away as he aims to win his 13th Premier League crown, which United are priced at 15/8 to do.

Hangeland’s performances in recent seasons attracted reported interest from Arsenal, as well as a host of big continental clubs and, with his contract whittling down, a transfer fee would not be as inflated as his ability should command.

Plus, with 209 appearances in a Fulham shirt to his name, he can provide some more invaluable experience to the younger United centre backs, alongside Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Despite keeping just two clean sheets so far this term, he proved his value to Martin Jol’s side the season before, marshalling the Fulham backline to the incredible achievement, for a club of their stature, of 20 clean sheets in all competitions last time around.

Shut outs have been something that United have lacked this season, picking up just three in 10 games, while their 3-0 win over Newcastle last time out proved to be their first in four games.

Hangeland’s addition could prove integral if the Red Devil’s wish to shore up the defence, though a fully-Vidic would also be a boost.

If the Serbian recovers completely before January, it remains difficult to envisage Ferguson delving into the market, what with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans all vying for spots in the starting 11 alongside the old head of Ferdinand.

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James Middleton