Monday, December 26, 2005

WORLD SOCCER: Vidic set for Old Trafford 

PARIS (AFP) - Serbia and Montenegro star centre half Nemanja Vidic could complete his move to Manchester United from Spartak Moscow once the winter transfer window opens on January 1.

Vidic recently told the Russian giants he wanted to leave the club, sparking interest around Europe in his talents.

According to the BBC United are said to have already agreed a fee with Spartak for the 24-year-old's services, thought to be in the region of seven million pounds.

Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Nemanja is a quick, aggressive centre-half and at 24 will be a terrific addition to the squad."

United, who are looking to strengthen the centre of a defence which has become the target for fans' criticism, appear to have beaten off Champions League holders Liverpool and Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

Vidic could now be signed in time to play in the FA Cup tie at non-league Burton on 8 January. His first Premiership outing could come in the following weekend's Manchester derby.

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