United scout 28-goal Berbatov replacement

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Schalke are determined to keep Manchester United target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and will try to persuade him to extend his contract, reports Setanta Sports.

The 28-year-old Dutch international has been in red hot form in the Bundesliga this season, netting an impressive 14 goals, adding to his overall tally of 28 for 2011-12.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of Huntelaar, and is believed to be considering an attempt to bring him to Old Trafford in January, in a bid to further strengthen his forward line.

Manchester United chief scout Martin Ferguson has recommended the former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan striker to his brother on a number of occasions, and was reportedly present for Schalke's 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin - a game that Huntelaar scored in last Friday.

With Ferguson set to freshen up his strikeforce in the New Year, the long-term future of Dimitar Berbatov continues to be the main talking point amongst Manchester United fans.

Of course, the Bulgarian was linked to Schalke in a potential swap deal for Huntelaar back in November, but the German outfit waved away suggestions, and remain determined to convince the in-form striker to pen a new deal.

"We want to tie him to us beyond 2013," confirmed the club's sporting director Horst Heldt. "But when Klaas-Jan continues to play so well, there will probably be enquiries from huge clubs.

"He has already been at Real Madrid and AC Milan - negative experiences. This could be to our advantage."

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