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Man Utd boss Ferguson calls in agents for striker search

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is resigned to waiting until January to strengthen his attack.

The Times says Ferguson was concerned by a potential lack of attacking personnel even before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's announcement yesterday, having put out feelers last week through a handful of trusted agents, with Dimitar Berbatov, of Tottenham Hotspur, his principal target.

United are aware that Nicolas Anelka could be available from Bolton Wanderers for about £8 million and that there is a chance of luring either Obafemi Martins or, intriguingly, Michael Owen from Newcastle United. All three have been discussed at Old Trafford during the summer, with Anelka the subject of a tentative and informal inquiry to Bolton in May, but Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz, his assistant, are not convinced of the merits of signing any of them.

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