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Ferguson trailing Icelandic midfielder

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Manchester United is weighing up the possibility of bring on-loan Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to Old Trafford at the end of the season according to the Sunday Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping tabs on the Icelandic star after he took the Premier League by storm since his temporary move to the Liberty Stadium from German club Hoffenheim in January.

The 70-year-old is desperate to add a creative midfielder to his squad after being forced to call Paul Scholes out of retirement earlier in the season following a spate of injuries that left him short of options in the engine room.

United assistant Mike Phelan and chief scout Martin Ferguson ran the rule of the talented 22-year-old in Swansea’s recent visit to Bolton returning with glowing endorsements and indicating to the Red Devil’s boss to make him a priority signing in the summer.

United host the Swans later this week and Ferguson will get a first hand opportunity to watch the Icelandic international in action to determine whether he is capable of handling the pressure that comes with playing for the Premier League leaders.

Competition for his signature will be extremely fierce and United will have to brush away interest from Newcastle, Everton and Sunderland who are all reportedly preparing themselves to rival Swansea for his services in the summer.

Hoffenheim value him at £10 million although that price is expected to rise should Ferguson firm up his interest once the current season comes to a close with the player keen for a move back to England.

Sigurdsson would certainly bring goals to the table at Old Trafford after scoring seven in 14 appearances during his short spell in South Wales. Prior to his £7 million move to Germany in 2010 he also struck 18 times in 42 games for newly promoted Reading.

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