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United granted work permit for Serbian star Tosic

Manchester United have been granted a work permit for young Serbian winger Zoran Tosic.

Sir Alex Ferguson attended a hearing for the 21-year-old on Friday morning and emerged with positive news, meaning Tosic will sign from Partizan Belgrade in January.

United have not confirmed the fee they have agreed for Tosic, although they have been looking at the wide man for some time.

The move is believed to be in the region of £8 million and the left-sided player, who would appear to be a natural successor to Ryan Giggs, has nine goals in 20 games this season for his club.

United are also reportedly interested in 17-year-old Adem Ljajic - an attacking midfielder dubbed the 'Serbian Kaka' - as he was on trial at Old Trafford earlier this season.

However, the club rejected reports that both players were due to sign for United last week, although the revelations that Tosic has been granted a work permit now suggest otherwise.

"It is not true that Tosic and Ljajic have already signed for Manchester United," Partizan sports director Ivan Tomic said on Wednesday. "It is simple, there has been no direct contact or official offer coming from England.

"Of course, it would be nice if they want some of our players, but it's not true."

Tosic, too, insisted he knew nothing about a deal, claiming: "I have nothing new to add on that subject, as I contacted my managers and they told me to keep my focus on playing and to stick to our mutual agreement which is that they will not inform me about anything until things move on to a much clearer situation."

With his future apparently now lying at Old Trafford, Tosic can expect to link up with fellow Serbian Nemanja Vidic.

The midfielder has appeared 12 times for his country and can play on either flank, having also starred for Serbia's Under-21 side.

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