United confirm Hazard interest

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Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in signing Lille winger Eden Hazard this summer, reports

The 21-year-old Belgian international is one of the most sought after players in all of Europe, with a host of clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere, preparing bids for his signature.

Red Devils chief Ferguson was spotted at a recent Ligue 1 match involving the reigning French champions, leading to speculation that Hazard was on the club's transfer wish list.

Meulensteen has now confirmed that the talented playmaker could be on his way to Old Trafford ahead of the new season.

"The manager wanted to see [Eden] Hazard by himself. That's a sign he thinks it's an interesting player. We talked a lot about him," he told Voetbal International. "For a club it's important that you keep refreshing your squad.

"Hazard is a special talent, but it always takes a while. As example: We've followed David de Gea for a long time before we got him.

"Ferguson wants to know the character of the player. Because of that he's going to look by himself for players. Hazard is 'the man' at Lille. Ferguson wanted to see if that had an influence on him."

Manchester United have been linked with moves for a number of different players when the transfer window reopens in June, with midfield the primary area that needs strengthening.

PSV Eindhoven star Kevin Strootman is another name heavily linked with the Premier League leaders, but Meulensteen played down speculation he too could be on his way to England.

"We've never discussed the name Strootman," he continued. "We follow every young player with potential. That's the same for [Ajax midfielder] Christian Eriksen.

"I don't have a good sharp image of Strootman. In England some people name him the new Roy Keane. I think that's nonsense. Strootman has got the physique for the English league, but if he will fit in here, I cannot answer that."

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