Sporting Lisbon representatives are resigned to losing Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Manchester United, reports in Portugal claim.

According to A Bola, some Sporting officials already believe van Wolswinkel will leave the Estádio José Alvalade at the end of the season, despite only joining the club in the summer.

The Dutch striker has already scored six goals during his short stint with Sporting, which has reportedly caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The United boss is said to have been monitoring the 22-year-old during his time in the Eredivisie with Utrecht, and could now launch a bid to sign him next year.


United could lose both Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen in June and Ferguson is reported to be keen to further bolster his forward ranks.

The two United strikers are out of contract next summer and will leave Old Trafford if they are not offered new deals.

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