Manchester United and Chelsea striker target Seydou Doumbia has admitted his desire to play in England.

The 23-year-old was linked with a move to England by Russian media sources yesterday, with Manchester United and Chelsea reported to be amongst the player's admirers.

And now Doumbia himself has confessed that a move to England appeals, with the 23-year-old keen to further his career in the Barclays Premier League after missing out on a move in the past.

“It is a dream for me to play in [the Premier League] one day. Before I came [to Moscow], a big London club were interested in me. However, with work permit problems it was complicated," said the player.

"But I want to play in that league in my career. It would be a dream come true.”

Click Manchester reported yesterday that the player 'would welcome' a move to Chelsea, with Andre Villas-Boas eager to continue reinforcing his side with young players.

Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Juan Mata all signed at Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, showing the club's intention to invest in young players following Villas-Boas' arrival at Chelsea from Porto.

Ivorian compatriots Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are also based in west London, with the manager hoping both players sign new contracts with the club as Chelsea look to tie down some of their stars to the club.

The Manchester United connection appears less substantial, as suggested on GiveMeFootball yesterday, with Sir Alex Ferguson already having a handful of strikers at his disposal.


However, constant speculation surrounding the future of Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford suggests that Manchester United could be in the market for a player in the position if a talented option becomes available.

Doumbia would certainly fit the bill, but with CSKA placing a £30 million valuation on their asset's head, even Manchester United could be forced to look elsewhere.

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