United 'on alert' over Dutch international availability

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Manchester United have been given hope over Dutch international playmaker Wesley Sneijder, according to reports.

The Inter Milan midfielder was close to making the Old Trafford move in August, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pursuing the 27-year-old following Paul Scholes' retirement at the end of the previous season.

Instead, Tom Cleverley was given the opportunity after graduating from the Manchester United academy, but a foot injury has hampered his progress and left a potential creative hole in midfield.

Whilst Ferguson has insisted transfers are not the priority for January, the Scot did admit that long-term targets could be of interest to the Red Devils should they become available in 2012.

And, reports in The Daily Mail now claim Inter boss Claudio Ranieri has not ruled out letting the player leave the San Siro in an effort to generate funds to rebuild the team, alerting Manchester United over one of their long-term targets.

Sneijder's wages, believed to be in the region of £200,000, remain one of the major potential stumbling blocks over a move to the Barclays Premier League.

However, incentives and bonuses could be the key to Manchester United persuading the player that a move to England can still be financially viable.

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