Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Luka Modric is on the verge of a summer switch to Manchester United according to reports in The Sun.
The 25-year-old Croatian international midfielder has turned in a series of sterling performances for Spurs this season, attracting the interest of the Barclays Premier League champions.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in the market for a new central midfielder following the announcement that Paul Scholes has called time on his Manchester United career.
Modric is believed to be Fergie's first choice replacement and is looking to strike a deal that will see him move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is keen to keep hold of his star players, but a White Hart Lane source close to the club revealed:
"The word is that Sir Alex has already spoken directly to Harry and said how much he admires Modric and how much he wants him.
"And as much as Harry wants to keep him he knows United can make an offer we just can't refuse.
"So Harry's busy now trying to do the Joe Cole deal to bring in a new playmaker to compensate for the expected departure of Luka."
Tottenham have been linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Cole, who has found first team opportunities limited at Anfield under Kenny Dalglish.
At 29, Cole is looking to rejuvenate his career after an injury-plagued few seasons, and is hoping for an opportunity to achieve that with Spurs.
Any deal however will ultimately hinge on whether or not Manchester United step up their interest in Modric, who could complete a move to Old Trafford before the start of pre-season.
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