Manchester United have set their sights on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and summer Chelsea target Luka Modric.

The Croatian international playmaker was heavily linked with a move to west London, handing in a transfer request to try and engineer a £40 million switch to Stamford Bridge before September.

Spurs held firm however, keeping the playmaker at White Hart Lane and impressing at the top of the Barclays Premier League thus far. However, The Daily Mail reports Harry Redknapp is now fearing a Red Devils raid on the player in January.

Manchester United have been linked with a handful of players in the position following Paul Scholes' retirement at the end of last season, with Wesley Sneijder the most prominent name mentioned during the summer transfer window.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson put his trust in Manchester United academy graduate Tom Cleverley, with the young England international impressing before a foot injury coincided with a run of poor form at Old Trafford.

Whilst the Scot has claimed that transfers are not at the the top of the Manchester United agenda in January, players in the position continue to be linked, with Modric now at the forefront of their interest.

As for Chelsea, manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed the club have all but given up hope of signing the player in 2012.

After their pursuit in the summer, Chelsea instead brought Raul Meireles to the club on deadline day.

Players in the position are still being linked, with Brazilian superstar Kaka one of those on the radar, but Modric's future appears destined not to be with Chelsea.

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