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Manchester United battle Southampton for Wesley Sneijder

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Louis van Gaal and Ronald Keoman look set to go head to head once more as Southampton and Manchester United battle it out for the services of Wesley Sneijder.

The Galatasaray ace is expected to seek a way out of the Turkish club in the January transfer window, and it looks as though he is generating some interest from the Premier League.

Interest

Manchester United have been linked with the former Inter Milan ace for some time now, but according to the Daily Mail Southampton are amongst the clubs to throw their hat in the ring. The paper adds that Galatasaray are keen to offload the 30-year-old in order to ease their financial worries, and will look to get rid of one of their highest earners.

Sneijder is expected to cost in the region of £9 million, which is unlikely to deter either Southampton or Manchester United, although he is likely to demand a sizeable wage packet which could put off his suitors given his age.

Squad

Of course Van Gaal has a good relationship with Sneijder having selected him for his World Cup squad over the summer, while Koeman will know the playmaker from his time with Ajax.

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Manchester United have plenty of players capable of playing in the playmaker role that Sneijder occupies, which would seemingly make a move for him by Van Gaal unlikely. Wayne Rooney is currently thriving in that position behind Robin van Persie, while Juan Mata could easily step in, as could Adnan Januzaj or Angel di Maria.

Swoop

The Red Devils' interest goes all the way back to Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge at Old Trafford. They were close to landing him in 2010 from Inter Milan but eventually the deal proved to be too costly.  

Southampton appear to have a more pressing need for a player of Snejider's quality as they go in search of securing European football for the first time since their promotion to the Premier League two years ago.

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Wesley Sneijder
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