Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder will not be joining Tottenham in the January transfer window, according to the player's agent.

Reports in the Dutch press, carried on, revealed Sneijder's representative has played down links between his player and Spurs. Speculation has mounted in recent days that Sneijder could be set for the Premier League after a public falling out with the Inter Milan hierarchy, but it now seems the Dutchman is not bound for White Hart Lane.

Sneijder has reportedly refused to accept a pay cut at the Serie 'A' club, and has been exiled to train with the club's reserve team. Manchester United were strongly linked with a £25m move for the former-Real Madrid star last summer, but a deal could not be agreed.

Tottenham then emerged as favourites to snare the Dutch international earlier this week, but those reports are false, according to the player's agent.

Sneijder's representative told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, "There is nothing, absolutely nothing true about that."

A number of clubs have been mooted as potential destinations for Sneijder, including Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and Germany side Schalke.

Tottenham were reportedly interested after missing out on Joao Moutinho. Andre Villas-Boas has been linked with a number of creative midfielders, after offloading Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric last summer.

Speculation has also mounted that Manchester United could move to strengthen their midfield in January, with Sir Alex Ferguson believed to be keen to find long-term replacements for Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, both of whom are expected to retire in the next couple of seasons, if not at the end of the current campaign.

Against Newcastle again this weekend, United looked weak in midfield, their opponents able to strike quickly through the heart of the Old Trafford centre, plundering three goals in the process.

Only Ferguson's much vaunted strike-force bailed them out, not for the first time this season, but United surely cannot allowed themselves to become dependent on such heroics.

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