Hot-shot striker remains coy on United switch

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Manchester United target Ricky van Wolfswinkel has admitted he is delighted to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, but insists he is happy to stay put for now.

United are said to be keen admirers of the Dutchman having watched him score nine goals in 12 games since making the switch from Utrecht to the Estadio da Luz over the summer, and could launch a bid when the January transfer window opens.

Chelsea have also expressed an interest in securing the services of Van Wolfswinkel, but while the 22-year-old admits that he is flattered by the interest shown by the likes of Manchester United, he is content to stay put in Portugal for the foreseeable future.

"It is good that my name was linked to big clubs such as Manchester United and others in England, but I am really content and happy at Sporting," he said.

"Things are excellent in every sense. I play for a good club and I am scoring goals because I am taking this satisfaction on to the pitch."

While Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke of his desire last week to steer clear of the transfer market in January, he may be forced into action after injuries ravaged his squad ahead of the packed Christmas fixture list.

United may be ready to make a move for a striker when the transfer window opens next month after Javier Hernandez was ruled out for a month with ankle ligament damage to join Michael Owen in the treatment room, while Sir Alex Ferguson’s injury problems in midfield have forced him to deploy main goal threat Wayne Rooney in a deeper lying role in midfield.

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