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Jan Aage Fjortoft warns Manchester United against Wesley Sneijder

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Louis van Gaal has been warned against a January move for Wesley Sneijder after Jan Aage Fjortoft posted on Twitter that it would not be a great Christmas present for Manchester United fans.

The European football expert clearly thinks that the Dutchman is past his best, and that the Red Devils should think carefully before entering negotiations with Galatasaray.

Sneijder has been heavily linked with Old Trafford for a number of years, and the arrival of Van Gaal has prompted rumours to resurface in recent months, with United well placed to offer the playmaker a competitive contract if they decide to challenge a number of other suitors for his signature.

According to the Daily Mail, the 2010 Champions League winner with Inter Milan earns £2.5million-a-year at the Turk Telekom Arena - which equates to roughly £48,000-a-week - quite a lot for a 30-year-old who plays in a position where Manchester United are currently well stocked.

With £9 million mooted as enough money to convince newly appointed Gala chairman Duygun Yarsuvat to cash-in on the Netherlands international, the Red Devils might see it as a risk free acquisition, but supporters will surely approach the deal cautiously after comments posted on social media by Norwegian Fjortoft.

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Yarsuvat has been tasked with easing the Turkish giants' precarious financial position, and Sneijder's departure from Istanbul would go some way to alleviating the wage bill, particularly after failing to pay the player on tim on a number of occasions this year.

Sneijder joined Galatasaray in January 2013, but could end his two-year stay at the club by securing another transfer in the approaching mid-season window, and the Premier League looks like the most likely destination.

Southampton have also been mooted as admirers of the attacking midfielder as Ronald Koeman considers an audacious attempt to lure his compatriot to St Mary's for the second half of 2014/15.

The Saints are currently enduring a wretched run of form that has seen them lose five games on the spin in all competitions, so the arrival of a marquee signing with proven European pedigree would go some way to raising spirits on the south coast at the turn of the year.

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Louis van Gaal
Wesley Sneijder
Manchester United
Premier League
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