Manchester United are looking to solve their centre-midfield problem by making a move for Swansea youngster Joe Allen.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring the progress of the Welsh international, reportedly sending scouts to watch his recent games and has already spoke to Swans manager Brendon Rodgers regarding his price-tag.
It is unlikely Rodgers will stand in the way of Allen moving to one of the world’s biggest clubs, but is rumouring to be holding out for £10m for the player as he looks to get the best deal possible for his club.
United, although just three points behind arch rivals Manchester City in the Premier League, have struggled to find fluidity in their play this season and the centre midfield area is a place that has been a real cause for concern for all United fans.
They have struggled to find a pairing that has worked in the centre of the park, fielding 10 different combinations in their 20 Premier League games.
Ferguson has made a centre midfielder his priority in the window, but is struggling to find the funds or even the right player that fits the quality he demands from his players.
Wesley Sneijder has been linked, however his current club Inter will not sell on the cheap and it’s doubtful whether United will stump up the reported £25m to get their man.
This has triggered Ferguson to look elsewhere and, much like his other recent signings, look to youth in order to preserve the club’s future.
Allen has been in fine form in first season in the Premier League and is rather Paul Scholes-like in his play as he pulls the strings in the Swansea midfield. His potential is huge and if the deal can be struck, he would be a fine purchase by the United manager.