Porto plot Swiss starlet signing

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Manchester United's unwillingness to enter the January transfer market could result in long-term target Xherdan Shaqiri moving to Porto reports talkSPORT.

The 20-year-old FC Basel midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the reigning Barclays Premier League champions, but could now be on his way to Portugal.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-term admirer of Shaqiri's and according to reports wants to bring him to Old Trafford at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

However, according to sources in Portugal, Porto are ready to put pay to their plans and make a £12million bid for the talented Swiss international.

Manchester United confirmed their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory over local rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, on a day that will be best remembered for the return of Paul Scholes - who came out of retirement to sign for United until the end of the season.

Scholes allegedly approached Ferguson a number of weeks ago, and with a growing list of midfield injuries at Old Trafford the 70-year-old Scot was only too happy to welcome 'Sat-Nav' back into the first-team fold.

However, while United fans appear to be overjoyed by the return of a club legend, the fact that Scholes' comeback more than likely rules out the possibility of any further January signings will be met with a mixed reaction.

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