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Fergie plots triple transfer move this summer

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted at three transfer moves this summer.

After securing the club's 19th English league championship last weekend, the Red Devils appear set to strengthen further when the window re-opens in what could be a daunting message of intent from the Old Trafford outfit.

"We have some ideas in mind and hopefully can get them put in place," Ferguson told MUTV.

"I am looking at maybe three signings which would boost our overall quality in our team. We have Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes coming towards the end of their careers, Gary Neville has already retired and Edwin Van der Sar is retiring, so there are holes we want to plug up in terms of the safety and security of the team for the next few years.

"Of course, we have some excellent young players and a lot of them have progressed, which gives us a great, powerful squad."

A goalkeeper is known to be high on the agenda, with the United boss admitting in the past that he has learnt from the mistakes made following Peter Schmeichel's exit in 1999.

David De Gea and Martin Stekelenberg are thought to be potential candidates to fill the departing Dutchman's shoes at the No.1 spot, while Ashley Young and Wesley Sneijder have also been linked with moves in the British press.


 

Manchester United chief executive David Gill was quick to back-up the words of his manager, confirming funds will be made available to Ferguson ahead of a busy summer.

"We have been working very hard over the course of the last 12 months to plan which positions we need to fill, identifying those players and trying to work on it," he told MUTV.

"What Alex Ferguson has done very successfully for nearly 25 years is to reinvent the team slowly and integrate them within the established stars. That is what we will continue to do. It gives a buzz to everyone at the club when you bring in high quality players. It is something we look forward to with relish."

The pair were speaking on the eve of the annual Manchester United awards ceremony, where Nani picked up players' player of the year and Javier Hernandez scooped the supporters' player of the year.

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