United get BVB boost over January Chelsea target

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Manchester United have been 'boosted' in their pursuit of Serbian centre back Neven Subotic.

The 22-year-old is no stranger to interest from the Barclays Premier League, with Chelsea reported to have tabled a bid for the player in January.

Whilst it's unclear if the Blues maintain an interest in the player, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is credited with a long-term interest in the Borussia Dortmund defender.

With that in mind, news of a possible move to Roma would have been a blow to the Old Trafford outfit, but player agent Stephen Kelly has dismissed the claims of an Italian move out-of-hand.

"This news is new to me. Roma had spoken in the past but at present there is nothing at all," Kelly is reported as saying in the International Business Times.

"Roma is not in the thoughts of Neven and we have not had relations with them. He will not leave Borussia Dortmund. It is a story without foundation."

The news will be well received by the Red Devils, who are reportedly considering their defensive options in 2012 amidst concerns over the long-term future of Rio Ferdinand at the club.

Ferguson has raised concerns over the defender at Manchester United, and whilst it's purely speculation that the England international will leave the club at the end of the season, other players are being linked as a replacement.

Subotic would also have compatriot and Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic to work alongside should he make the move, although competition is expected in the transfer market.

Whether Andre Villas-Boas is considering following in the footsteps of Carlo Ancelotti in his interest of Subotic remains to be seen, but the Chelsea boss does need to add a defender at the next opportunity at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been exposed on a number of occasions this term, with David Luiz coming in for particular criticism, and the Chelsea manager is expected to look to strengthen in the area at the next opportunity. A move for Subotic appears unlikely though.

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