United close in on Van der Sar replacement

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Manchester United have stepped up their interest in finding a replacement for Edwin Van der Sar, and are believed to have made contact with Rangers over Allan McGregor.

Manchester United chief scot Martin Ferguson watched the Rangers No1 in action in their 3-0 defeat in Valencia. The Premier League giants have been searching all over Europe for two goalkeepers, and have been linked with Aalesunds' Anders Lindegaard, Atletico Madrid's David De Gea, Bayern Leverkusen's Rene Adler and Schalke's Manuel Neuer in recent months.

However, rumours have intensified as there has now been contact between the Old Trafford and Ibrox clubs following the 28-year-old's impressive performances for both club and country this season. Sir Alex Ferguson watched McGregor himself when he was outstanding for Scotland against Spain in their Euro 2012 qualifier last month.

Rangers yesterday finalised a new deal to keep McGregor's understudy, Neil Alexander, until 2012, which clears the path for McGregor to head south, if they were to receive a bumper bid in the region of £5 million.

McGregor, who will face his potential new club Manchester United when they travel to Ibrox in the Champions League on November 24th, has already taken the international No1 jersey from Craig Gordon this season - after returning from his 'exile' following the Boozgate scandal.

Ferguson knows he needs to sign a replacement for Edwin Van der Sar sooner or later, as he is now 40-years-old, and despite his still stellar performances he cannot go on too much longer.

United still have Tomasz Kuszczak and youngster Ben Amos, but Fergie is not sure that either can step in and fill Van der Sar's boots. Any new arrival is likely to end Tomasz Kuszczak's four year reign at Old Trafford as he is believed to want first-team football.

Allan McGregor's team-mate James Beattie hopes that Scotland's No1stays at Ibrox, but concedes he is good enough to play for another top team.

Beattie was quoted in the Scottish Sun as saying, "I don't want him to go, but Allan could play anywhere. He is that sort of character. He is very focused and knows what he wants. He wants success and has been carrying a couple of injuries, but he plays through them because he wants to play, succeed and do really well."

"I'm not surprised he's getting interest from top clubs like Manchester United. But it's very important that we keep hold of our top players."

One concern for Manchester United is McGregor's knack for getting in trouble off the pitch. His troubled private life has seen him become tabloid fodder in Scotland, but Fergie has been impressed with his performances none the less.


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