United line up £12 million midfielder

According to several leading English newspapers, Manchester United are lining up a £12 million January transfer bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso.

The player has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and it is likely that United and Sporting officials will have talks when Sporting travel to Manchester next week to play United in the Champions League.

United boss Sir Alex ferguson has had his brother, Martin, the club's chief scout, watch Veloso for six of Sporting's last seven games. Veloso signed a new six year deal at the club last January and it is quite possible that Sporting will hold out for more than the rumoured £12 million figure for the 21-year old.

Veloso has looked quality this season and it is no surprise that United are lining up a bid for him. I would be quite surprised if United are the only team to make an offer for the player come the opening of the January transfer window, with Real Madrid and Liverpool amongst the admirers.