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The defender had been close to joining Southampton before a move to the newly promoted Premier League club fell through, with QPR and Fulham also linked earlier this summer

Vitesse left-back Alexander Buttner has revealed he is on the verge of signing for Manchester United in a £3.9 million deal.

The 23-year-old, who was close to joining Southampton earlier this summer before a move fell through, has been identified by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the man to compete with Patrice Evra on the left flank at Old Trafford.

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United have also been targeting Leighton Baines this summer, however Everton’s reported £17m valuation of the England international has seemingly prevented Sir Alex from landing the left-back.

But Buttner, who was in Netherland's preliminary Euro 2012 squad and has also been monitored by QPR and Fulham this summer, has conceded a move to Old Trafford is now close.

"This is really a dream come true," he told Dutch TV station Omroep Gelderland.

“It was all arranged very quickly and of course I am very delighted. Happily everything is coming to an end."

United are currently short of left-back cover after Fabio joined QPR on a season-long loan deal, and are on the verge of a defensive injury crisis following the news that Rio Ferdinand could be set for a two-month spell on the sidelines after breaking down during training.

Buttner came through the youth team ranks at Vitesse after joining from Ajax in 2005.

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