Man Utd may seek January deal for Mateo Kovacic to head off rivals

Manchester United may bring forward plans to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced of the 17 year-old's talent, but reluctant to immediately bring him to England.

With Arsenal also eyeing Kovavic, Zagreb sources say United may seek to sign the midfield schemer in January - and loan him back to Zagreb for the remainder of the season.

Dinamo have confirmed the presence of United scouts at their games this term.

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