Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson keen to sign Porto's Raul Meireles - report

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be targeting Porto midfielder Raul Meireles if he fails to land top target Mesut Oezil according to the Sunday Mirror.

United seem to be unwilling to meet Werder Bremen’s £12 million valuation on Oezil, who starred in the World Cup, despite Ferguson being spotted at Craven Cottage last week when Fulham played host to the German club in a pre-season friendly.

Oezil is in the last year of his contract at Werder Bremen and it is believed United will not want to pay more than £8m, which has given Chelsea and Real Madrid the edge in the race to sign the playmaker.

Now it seems Ferguson is looking towards signing Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles to help bolster his squad.

United have been quoted £15m for the 27 year old midfielder which is more than Ferguson wants to pay, but with the transfer of Ozil looking unlikely Ferguson might have to increase his offer for the Porto star.

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