United 'in negotiations' for French international

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Manchester United are reportedly in negotiations to sign French midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

The 20-year-old has been tracked by a number of clubs across Europe, but Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to have made the powerful midfielder his number one target and is preparing a move ahead of his transfer rivals.

The Toulouse midfielder burst onto the scene during the 2008-09 season, becoming an ever-present for le Tef and helping the club to finish fourth in Ligue 1.

This campaign has been a struggle for the French side, currently sitting 12th in the French league. However, Sissoko continues to shine, and the gifted youngster has scored seven goals in 21 appearances so far in the current campaign.

Inter Milan, Lyon and Spurs are also believed to be monitoring the player, but it's the Red Devils who appear to be making their move in a bid to strengthen a depleted midfield that is still unsure about the future of Owen Hargreaves.

With two international caps to his name already, Sissoko seems destined to follow in the footsteps of many other African-born Frenchmen and move onto greater things in Europe. United scouts are already thought to have travelled to Stadium Muncipal, and would have been impressed with the growing presence of Sissoko.

Reports in the French media suggest United have begun negotiations over a January move, although the player has previously spoken on speculation of a move to England, taking a measured approach to the rumours.

"I like the Premier League, but I am in no hurry to get there. There will be time for that in the future," said Sissoko.

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