Former Manchester United favourite Gary Pallister has leant his support to the calls suggesting the Barclays Premier League champions should launch a summer move for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.

Chelsea reportedly had an offer of £22 million rejected for the Croatia international on Wednesday, with the Daily Mail suggesting Spurs value the 25-year-old at upwards of £30 million.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has slammed the Blues' offer as 'ridiculous', while the west Londoner's early move for Modric could hasten United into action.

Modric is allegedly on Sir Alex Ferguson's shortlist of candidates to replace the recently retired Paul Scholes, while Pallister believes the fleet-footed playmaker would be the 'ideal replacement' for the Old Trafford legend.

"There seems to be an impending feeling that Modric is going to move and for me he would be an ideal replacement for Scholes," said Pallister.

"The imagination and vision he brings to the midfield makes him a target. He can also score wonderful goals as well, which is part of Scholes' make-up.

"He maybe doesn't tackle as ferociously as he does but he is a terrific talent.


"I'm sure there are a host of clubs who would love to sign him and I'm sure Harry would love to keep him."

Also touted as potential successor to Scholes is Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder, with the Daily Star today reporting that the Dutchman could be available to United for around £35 million.

However, a priority for United still remains the acquisition of a new goalkeeper to fill the void left by Edwin Van der Sar, who opted to hang up his gloves at the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid youngster David De Gea is seemingly set to seal a move to Old Trafford, and is expected to put pun to paper after the under-21 European Championships.

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