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Utd must wait for Van Wolfswinkel

Sporting Lisbon forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he is flattered to have attracted interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea, but his agent insists no transfer will be agreed in January.

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Van Wolfswinkel has been scouted by staff from Old Trafford in recent months, as the club identify potential attacking reinforcements.

The 22-year-old Netherlands international only moved to Portugal from Utrecht in the summer, but United have good links with Sporting - after agreeing deals for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in recent seasons - and could use that to their advantage in negotiations.

Van Wolfswinkel is just happy that interest from big clubs shows he is doing the right things on the pitch.

"It is good that my name was linked to big clubs such as Manchester United and others in England, but I am really content and happy at Sporting," Van Wolfswinkel told radio station NOS. "Things are excellent in every sense. I play for a good club and I am scoring goals because I am taking this satisfaction on to the pitch."

His agent, Louis Laros, confirmed Premier League clubs have studied his client this season but does not see Van Wolfswinkel moving until the summer at the earliest.

"Chelsea and Manchester United have watched Ricky, like other young footballers in Europe, but I do not expect a possible deal in the January market," Laros said. "Nobody has spoken to me directly and Sporting are not interested in a deal at the moment. However, in the world of football, it is impossible to say never about a sale."

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed last week that he is unlikely to spend in the next transfer window, saying he has "two or three" targets in mind but none is available so "there is no point even going there".

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