Who will be our new striker?

Sir Alex Ferguson has given the biggest ever hint that he is ready to make a move for a striker and finalise a deal before the Premier League opener against Newcastle next Sunday. In a buoyant mood after the club won the Community Shield against Portsmouth on penalties, Fergie answered the reporters’ questions about general and individual targets for the Red Devils, which would enhance the goalscoring power of the club.  Something which the press have inflated is the refusal of Ferguson to deny a move for former-Arsenal captain Thierry Henry.

The ageing Barcelona striker is on the downturn of his career which reached its peak at the Gunners. Repeatedly he has stated that he is still an Arsenal fan and if he ever return to the Premiership, it will be with Arsenal. The Barca striker is will soon be 31 years old, and goes against the current trend of buying players for the future (Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Nani, Anderson). This can be seen as a strategical statement by Fergie to get the true target that he has in mind: probably Dimitar Berbatov.

A move for the Tottenham striker was made more difficult when the relationship between both clubs slumped, after the Tottenham chairman launched a scathing attack on the Man Utd boss, branding him a hypocrite for his comments regarding Ronaldo. The breakdown can be tracked back to the transfer of Michael Carrick, with Tottenham believing that they could have got more for the midfielder. Tottenham have slapped a £30 million price tag on the striker for Manchester United, while saying that the player can go for £25 million to any other club (Milan and Barcelona). It is unlikely that the two clubs would come to an agreement before the mentioned deadline by Ferguson, unless the player goes on strike and refuses to play in the opening match for Tottenham.

A much more attractive target, and one which has the backing of nearly all Man Utd fans is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, nicknamed the Hunter. The Ajax striker exhibited his goalscoring prowess last season when he scored 36 goals in 39 games, an average of 0.92 goals per match. Ajax are practically using the Dutch lad to gain qualification for the Champions League. This was confirmed by statement made by the Ajax administration, who said that if Huntelaar helps them qualify for the Champions League in the coming two seasons (2008/09 and 2009/10), it would bring a total of 20 million euros in revenue to the club, and then the player can move for a free transfer when his contract expires in 2010. If Man Utd can give Ajax a more secure option: getting 20 million immediately; it may tempt them to sell. Huntelaar stated that he would be delighted to follow in van Nistelrooy’s footsteps and be a success at Old Trafford. He would be the ideal partner for Tevez and Rooney in attack, and surely return a 30+ goal tally.

Although my personal preference is that Ferguson moves for Huntelaar, I would back the old man’s judgment on who is the best for Man Utd. He brought players before that were a huge success, and he will surely do it again. This is why he keeps all Man Utd fans believing in this great club, and he will make us proud again by retaining the Premier League 2008/09 trophy. We started the same as last season, by winning the Community Shield. If we keep our performances on a high, we CAN do it again!

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