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Manchester United Line Up January Move For Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez - Report

Manchester United are set to make a January move for promising Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez, according to Elf Voetbal.

The Spain World Cup 2010 winner has continued to excel in the Primera Division this term and is understood to be viewed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes.

Although linked to Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the past, United are ready to swoop for the versatile player's signature.

Martinez's comfort as either a Scholes-esque playmaker or battler in the style of Owen Hargreaves would add depth to the Old Trafford squad. A big money bid in the New Year is believed to be enough to convince Bilbao to do business.

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