Spurs go toe-to-toe with United for £4m Serbian starlet

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Spurs and Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Serbian international midfielder Radosav Petrovic.

The Partizan Belgrade midfielder has been earning race reviews for his performances in the SuperLiga and Champions League, with Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp monitoring the player's situation.

Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan are the other clubs thought to be keen on the player, according to The Metro, and it's the Barclays Premier League pair that have been made favourites.

Spurs sent scouts to monitor the player in December, and also had the player watched during European Cup matches against Arsenal. Glowing references were taken back to White Hart Lane.

Sir Alex Ferguson also sent Manchester United scouts out to Serbia to watch Petrovic before christmas, and again positive references were brought back to Old Trafford.

Spurs will hope to lure the player, who is valued at around £4 million, with an opportunity to play first team football in north London for a team on the rise in both England and Europe. The defensive midfielder would challenge Wilson Palacios and Tom Huddlestone for a role in the starting xi.

The Red Devils will instead try to use Nemanja Vidic in negotiations, with Manchester United hoping the player's compatriot and club captain can persuade the player to join the current champions.

A January switch is thought to be the priority for both clubs, although the reports claim that Tottenham Hotspur will continue their pursuit in the summer should Petrovic still be plying his trade in Belgrade.

Manchester United are also unlikely to give up on the player should they fail to secure his signature this winter.

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