United striker target emerges on Toon radar

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Manchester United striker target Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is on the Newcastle radar, according to the player's agent.

The former Utrecht starlet was heavily linked with a move to England in the summer, but opted to join Sporting Lisbon in a €5.4 million deal instead.

His form in the Portuguese Primeira Liga has once again alerted clubs from the Barclays Premier League though, and Louis Laros claims the Magpies are the latest team to take an interest.

"I didn't receive a phone call to start negotiations; they are only watching him at the moment," he told the IBT UK when questioned on the interest of Newcastle United.

"Maybe I will get a phone call tomorrow from the club saying they are ready to start negotiations but until then, nothing is happening.

"But clubs like Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester United and Arsenal they are watching every good young player in Europe, and these guys are one of those players who could be interesting for a lot of clubs.

"They are watching them but they are also watching a lot of other great young players. There has been nothing yet."

The interest of Manchester United in the player has previously been well-documented, with Old Trafford representatives watching the player in September and Mike Phelan confirming that he was on the club's radar the following month.

"We have obviously known Van Wolfswinkel for a long time," the Manchester United assistant manager told Portuguese newspaper Record in October.

"He is a young striker, very talented, who has been growing in the last few seasons."

Van Wolfswinkel's form has led to suggestions that his price tag has doubled since moving to the Estádio José Alvalade, with papers quoting the Red Devils £11 million at the time of Phelan's comments.

As for Newcastle, they've been linked with a number of forwards recently, with another Laros client, Luuk de Jong, said to be on the Toon radar.

With Demba Ba away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, Alan Pardew is thought to be considering his attacking options, with Modibo Maiga and former hitman Andy Carroll also linked with moves to St. James' Park.

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